Latin America's best and worst airports.


Santiago continues to be the most popular airport in Latin America among Latin Trade readers. It received the top spot in comfort/ambience and shops/amenities. The airport received 10.3 million passengers in 2010, according to Airports Council International.

Panama City is right behind, though, thanks to getting most votes in customs/baggage, ease of connection and location/access. Thanks largely to efforts by Panamanian airline Copa, the airport is becoming a major hub for traffic in Latin America. Last year the airport handled 5 million passengers. That compares with only 1.3 million tourist arrivals that year, clearly showing how the airport is being used as a hub.


Mexico City, Latin America's second-largest passenger airport, moved up to third place (from 4th in our previous reader survey). It received more votes than Santiago in customs/baggage and ease of connection. The airport received 24.1 million passengers in 2010, ranking it second in passenger traffic in Latin America, according to Latin Business Chronicle.

Lima improved dramatically compared with our previous reader survey, jumping from 10th to fourth place. It received the top score in comfort/ambience and second-highest score in ease of connection. Long gone are the days when the airport was considered one of the worst in Latin America.

What about Guarulhos in Sao Paulo, last year's worst-ranked airport? This year, it actually managed to improve its score slightly (from 2.2 to 2.3) while Caracas saw a decline (from 2.3 to 2.1), leading the latter to have the dubious honor of being ranked as Latin America's worst airport for business travelers.

Comfort/ Customs/ Best overall Ambience Baggage 1 SANTIAGO, CHILE (SCL) 5 4.8 2 PANAMA CITY (PTY) 4.3 5 3 MEXICO CITY (MEX) 4.8 4.9 4 LIMA (LIM) 4.9 4.7 5 SAN JOSE, CR (SJO) 4.1 4.6 6 MONTERREY, MX (MTY) 4 4.5 7 SAO PAULO (CONGONHAS: CGH) 3.7 4.4 8 RIO DE JANEIRO 3.9 4.3 (SANTOS DUMONT: SDU) 9 GUATEMALA CITY (GUA) 3.8 3.9 10 SAN SALVADOR (SAL) 3.4 4 11 BRASILIA (BSB) 3.1 4.1 12 GUADALAJARA. MX (GDL) 3.6 3.8 13 MONTEVIDEO (MVD) 3.3 3.7 14 SANTO DOMINGO, DR (SDQ) 2.9 3.3 15 BUENOS AIRES (EZE) 2.8 3.4 16 MEDELLIN (MDE) 3.2 3.5 17 GUAYAQUIL, EC (GYE) 3.5 3.6 18 QUITO, EC (UI0) 3 3.2 19...

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