In this week’s roundup, a comprehensive study of airport data by the Wall Street Journal concludes that San Francisco International is the nation’s best large airport and ranks Sacramento first among midsize facilities; a regional airlines group warns of an impending “collapse” of air service to smaller cities due to a pilot shortage; Alaska Airlines drops an LAX route; Sun Country won’t return to Hawaii but adds several domestic routes; Frontier adds a Phoenix route, and Spirit grows at San Antonio; Delta partner LATAM plans a new California route to Brazil, plus international route news from United, British Airways, Air Serbia, Frontier and Canada Jetlines; Alaska improves its airport lounges but raises membership costs and tightens up entry policies; and Delta Sky Clubs start to give expedited access to the airline’s top customers as crowding continues.
The Wall Street Journal took a data dive into statistics about the nation’s 50 largest airports. It concluded that San Francisco International and Sacramento International ranked No. 1 in their respective categories. SFO came out in first place among the 20 busiest U.S. airports in terms of passenger numbers, and SMF took the top spot among 30 midsize facilities. The newspaper said it examined data on 19 factors in its rankings, ranging from airlines’ on-time performance to average ticket prices, security line waiting time, costs at airport concessions, the results of J.D. Power’s annual survey of passenger satisfaction and more.