Detroit Metro Airport Tops Passenger Satisfaction Rankings
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) was the top-ranked airport for customer satisfaction among mega airports, per the 2023 North America Airport Satisfaction Study by J.D. Power. DTW scored 800 points on a scale of 1,000 in the mega airport category. The airport serves 33 million or more passengers annually. This score represents a nine-point increase from 2022 and a 14-point improvement compared to 2019 when DTW last received this recognition.
The J.D. Power annual survey gathered feedback from over 27,000 travelers, evaluating their experiences across six key factors, ranked in order of importance: terminal facilities, airport arrival/departure processes, baggage claim, security checks, check-in/baggage check procedures, and the quality of food, beverage, and retail services.
High marks for Detroit Metro Airport
According to the survey findings, Detroit excelled in several categories, including terminal facilities, security checks, and the quality and availability of food, beverage, and retail services. As a result, Detroit Metro Airport outperformed Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport to secure the top spot.
This achievement by Detroit’s airport comes in the face of formidable challenges such as record-breaking passenger numbers, pilot shortages, and nationwide flight disruptions caused by adverse weather conditions.
Improvements for DTW
According to the Airport Authority, DTW and its partners have prioritized ongoing improvements throughout its campus. In the past year, the airport has implemented several enhancements, including the expanded use of biometric and facial recognition technology to expedite the boarding process. Additionally, there have been strategic adjustments to concession locations, along with improvements in the Evans Terminal, such as the renovation of the Pet Relief Area, installation of Step-N-Wash step stools in restrooms, the inclusion of USB charging ports, and the refreshment of the Hydrate Kids Play Area.
Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton said regarding the J.D. Power Award, “We are always looking to raise the bar for customer service as we take Detroit to the world and bring the world to Detroit.”
Take a look at the complete North America Airport Satisfaction Study here.