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Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

You might not think that a busy airport in a city that gets slammed with winter weather would outperform many sunny climes when it comes to on-time departures, but Salt Lake City International Airport manages to do just that. The recipient of a number of awards for excellence in snow and ice removal, the airport ranks first among U.S. airports in both on-time departures and arrivals, even with its busy schedule of about 650 daily flights. And since the terminals and concourses are connected beyond security, passengers making connections don't have to exit and reenter security screening lines to get to their ongoing gates.

(Photo: Michael Schoenfeld/Salt Lake City Department of Airports)

America's fastest airports

For a traveler to breeze through any major airport, plenty of stars have to align. Security waits need to be short, terminals easy to navigate, intra-airport transportation abundant and flights punctual. While some fastest-airport lists focus on a single element — say, on-time departure records — we decided to highlight airports that performed well across categories. To do that, we've compiled data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, averaged real-time crowdsourced security wait times, and compared expedited-screening options and airport layouts to come up with this list of the country's 10 speediest major airports. | By Christine Sarkis, SmarterTravel

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