Detroit Metro Airport ranked 3rd for passenger satisfaction

Detroit Metro Airport was recently ranked third for passenger satisfaction on a list evaluating North American Airports.

"I agree with that. Our trip here, we’re from Florida, has been superb. People have been very nice and helped us in every way," said traveler Marshonda Cheatham. 

J.D. Power ranked airports based on which category they fall into: mega (33 million or more passengers a year), large (10 to 32.9 million passengers per year), and medium (4.5 to 9.9 million passengers per year).

Detroit Metro is a mega airport. It came just behind Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and the San Francisco International Airport on the list ranking 20 airports, tying with John F. Kennedy International Airport.

"I think Detroit should be higher. Definitely a fantastic airport here at McNamara. I enjoy flying out of here," passenger Mike Moritz said.

The study looked at six factors: terminal facilities; airport arrival/departure; baggage claim; security check; check-in/baggage check; and food, beverage, and retail.

"This is a beautiful airport. A lot of amenities. This is lovely, and I enjoy the tram ride as well," traveler Quellis Williams said.

DTW responded to the honor in a statement, saying, "Our Detroit Metropolitan Airport team works hard each day to exceed the expectations of our customers. Our team includes the airlines, concessionaires, janitorial staff, state and federal partners, the Airport Authority staff, and many more. We’re pleased to be ranked among the top mega airports in North America this year."

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However, according to J.D., overall airport satisfaction is down by 25 points, to 777 on a 1,000-point scale, this year. This change is fueled by fewer flights, more crowded terminals, and limited food and drink options.

According to the study, 58% of travelers said airport terminals are severely or moderately crowded, on par with 59% who said the same in 2019. Travelers also were dissatisfied with parking shortages and increased parking fees.

Food costs also contributed to low satisfaction scores across North American airports, with 24% of travelers saying prices deterred them from buying food or drinks. That’s up from 20% in 2021 and 23% in 2019.