America's 'Ugliest Airports' Named in Survey

Posted Dec 30th 2010 11:45 AMUpdated Dec 30th 2010 11:56 AM

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Five airports won the dubious honor of being named the "ugliest in the U.S." in a reader poll recently conducted by TheStreet.

Of the 5,718 people who responded to TheStreet's survey, which only offered six choices, New York's LaGuardia Airport was picked as the ugliest with 24% of the votes. New York's John F. Kennedy International was second with 17.5%, followed by St. Louis with 16.5%, Philadelphia with 16.4% and Los Angeles with 14%.

TheStreet says the airport list was limited to only major airports and was partly based on comments from readers from other stories. And while beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, ugly in this case means "cramped and dark and lacking vista views."

Comments about LaGuardia Airport, which dominated the poll with 1,385 votes, included one reader saying, "LGA is the worst by far, [with] ancient facilities. ... They need to knock the whole thing down and start over."

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport came in third with 16.5% of reader votes. Jeff Lea, the only airport spokesman to respond to TheStreet's request for official comments, criticized the poll.

"Your survey isn't very scientific," Lea tells TheStreet. "You offered limited choices (after) pre-choosing which airports were the worst."

Honorable mentions went to Chicago Midway and Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport.

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