USAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (7 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3650 times:
Best? As in best performing? Or best location? Or best services? Maybe this thread should be moved to the Travel Polls and Preferences section...
The largest hubs in the US are: ATL, DFW, CLT, IAH.
Before I lived in CLT, I've always liked connecting in DTW, CLE, and CLT. All three airports have one thing in common: All flights (more/less) are contained in one section of the terminal, and you don't have to take any people movers to connect (a la ATL/DEN/MCO), although you could if you wanted to in DTW.
commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 10639 posts, RR: 62 Reply 3, posted (7 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3633 times:
It depends on how you define "best."
If "best" is defined as the hub that caters to the widest possible range of destinations, and the broadest possible connectivity (routes, frequency, capacity, etc.), then I think ATL is obviously the winner. On sheer depth and breadth, the singular strength and power of what DL has there is breathtaking. AA at DFW would probably be the "silver medal" in that regard.
If "best" is defined as the hub with the most unique and irreplaceable position, then I think the winner would be MIA. MIA is the singular hub between the U.S. and South and Central America, and such a clear winner that no other hub can ever come close. The dominance of MIA as the prime U.S. gateway to Latin America is greater than any other U.S. gateway has with any particular respective global region (i.e., JFK to Europe, SFO to Asia, etc.).
If "best" is defined as the hub that is most convenient and comfortable to navigate and travel to/from/through, then the answer is infinitely debatable and subjective. We all have our own choices.