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Austin airport flies high on travel authority's new list of world's best

ABIA flies high on travel authority's list of world's best airports

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This new Delta Sky Club outdoor lounge will only add to ABIA's coolness. Photo courtesy of Delta

During the hectic summer travel season, travelers can find solace in this news: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is among the best airports in the world.

That's according to travel authority Fodor's list of the world's best and worst airports, in which ABIA is one of only 11 airports recognized.

Part of the inaugural Fodor's Travel Awards, the list honors "hubs with the coolest amenities in the world." It features five "best" categories, ranging from best international airport to best shopping, with a winner and runner-up for each, as well as one recipient for the title of world's worst airport.

Austin-Bergstrom comes in as the runner-up for best U.S. airport. Calling ABIA a "delightful extension of the city," Fodor's editors applaud the airport's local influence, from food to music to art.

"Restaurants are mostly local offshoots (not national chains) and include iconic Austin foodie favorites," the site says. "Live music plays at different 'stages' throughout the airport in the afternoons ... and the airport's Changing Exhibits program features a rotating schedule of art, history, and culture displays, in case you aren’t in the mood for shopping," it continues. 

The site also nods to ABIA's expansion plans, which "should keep its low-key, easy to navigate, quick-through-security cool vibes in check with even more options for flights."

Out west, Los Angeles has the honor — and misfortune — of being home to the best and worst airports on the list. Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) earns rave reviews as the best in the U.S., while Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is named the worst in the world.

Here's how the rest of the list breaks down:

  • Best international airport: Singapore Changi Airport (winner), Seoul Incheon International Airport (runner-up)
  • Best airport for shopping: London Heathrow Airport (winner), Tokyo Haneda Airport (runner-up)
  • Best airport for foodies: Newark Liberty International Airport (winner), Hong Kong International Airport (runner-up)
  • Best tiny airport: Jackson Hole Airport (winner), Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (runner-up)