Airport WiFi Ranked

Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network testing and analysis, today released their annual North American airport rankings that reveals the airports with the fastest free Wi-Fi. The results indicate that the Pacific Northwest has taken the top spot on the podium, with Seattle-Tacoma International unseating previous champion, Denver International, as the airport with the fastest, free Wi-Fi in the U.S. and Canada.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport showed a huge jump in it’s download rate from 2.68 Mbps to 59.62 Mbps, moving it to fourth on the list.

“Nothing improves a traveler’s trip quite like reliably fast Wi-Fi can,” said Ookla Co-founder and GM Doug Suttles. “What our comprehensive analysis shows is that surprisingly only a few airports across the U.S. and Canada have recognized just what an impact this can have. Wi-Fi speed can make all the difference for the business traveler finalizing a presentation or a family downloading videos to keep their kids occupied.”

The company looked at test results taken on their flagship application, Speedtest, from January through April 2018. To be considered in the analysis, a test had to be taken on the free Wi-Fi network available at each airport. The analysis also compares this year’s speeds with those outlined in last year’s report (from March through May 2017). This juxtaposed data demonstrated big improvements for some and ousted others whose networks are in need of serious improvement to get travelers online.

Seattle has usurped the title of fastest airport Wi-Fi in North America from Denver, a strong contender that previously held the title for two years running. Seattle can now also boast being faster than the other global winners recognized in Ookla’s 2017 report, including Gold Coast Airport in Australia, Congonhas-SaÞo Paulo Airport in Brazil, Dubai International, Seoul Incheon International Airport in South Korea, Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia and Mohammed V International Airport in Morocco.

And, while most airports offer free Wi-Fi nowadays, what the Ookla North America Airport Ranking makes clear is that not all Wi-Fi offerings are equal. Take the mean download speed at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International, it remains stuck at the bottom of the list, despite a massive percentage improvement. There were also many airports that actually saw significant declines in Wi-Fi speeds, including: Detroit (58.9% decline), Miami (27.1% decline) and Dallas Fort Worth (25.6% decline).

Improvements in Airport Wi-Fi

Largest Airports in the US and Canada (2018 vs. 2017)

Airport

2018 Download
(Mbps)

2017 Download
(Mbps)

Airport Code
Seattle-Tacoma International103.0043.66SEA
Denver International Airport (5GHz)78.6878.22DEN
Calgary International67.2341.83YYC
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport59.622.68ATL
San Francisco International54.7845.31SFO
Philadelphia International Airport51.3848.39PHL
Vancouver International Airport50.1155.06YVR
Logan International Airport40.3832.22BOS
Orlando International Airport30.467.96MCO
LaGuardia Airport28.4913.57LGA
Chicago O’Hare International24.2014.25ORD
Newark Liberty International23.9013.68EWR
Dallas Fort Worth International23.8332.03DFW
John F Kennedy International21.3714.86JFK
Los Angeles International15.0417.82LAX
George Bush Intercontinental14.5313.64IAH
McCarran International Airport11.1510.63LAS
Miami International Airport11.1515.29MIA
Charlotte Douglas International9.7611.74CLT
Phoenix Sky Harbor International9.528.31PHX
Detroit Metropolitan Airport9.3922.85DTW
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International7.657.06MSP
Toronto Pearson International7.144.31YYZ
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International6.411.92YUL

Speedtest is unique in that it provides the closest reflection of the internet experience people have in their daily lives and the way networks are performing for their users. With 10 million tests taken by real people every day, insights based on Speedtest data are provide a comprehensive and accurate view of internet performance and accessibility. Additionally, the Speedtest testing server network is the largest in the world, which ensures that test results always reflect maximum available speeds for the actual location where the test is being taken.

(Speedtest)

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