These Might Be the 15 Ugliest Airports in the United States

Airports: You either love them or hate them. And with flight delays, overpriced food, and costly fees, there’s a good chance you hate them.

There’s yet another reason to detest airports. Some are dated, cramped, and just downright ugly. So while you’re waiting in what seems to be an endless security line, snaking your way through the queue to the ticket agent, or riding out that delay, you’re probably doing so in unpleasant surroundings.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you might want to close your eyes if you’re making your way to these 15 ugly U.S. airports. They’re sorted alphabetically, but the final entry just might be the ugliest. And while these airports may be ugly, at least none of them show up among the world’s worst.

1. Atlanta

Atlanta International Airport

There’s no doubt it could be mistaken for a shopping mall. | SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images

  • Airport name: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • Distance from downtown: 8.2 miles

Atlanta’s airport claims a couple superlatives. It’s is the world’s busiest airport, it is the primary hub for Delta Airlines, and it has more than 200 gates spread out over seven concourses. But Hartsfield-Jackson isn’t winning any beauty contests. The atrium at the heart of the domestic terminal is described by Travel + Leisure as being ’80s shopping mall chic. 

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