Based on Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence Q1 2023 findings, two US airports were at the top of the list for free airport Wi-Fi.

Fort Lauderdale’s Hollywood International Airport (FLL) Terminal 3 and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) have shown median download speeds of 157.60 Mbps and 156.66 Mbps, respectively, during Q1 2023. SFO also had the fastest median upload speed of 222.24 Mbps.

Also included among the top five of mobile internet performance over free airport Wi-Fi are Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with 143.42 Mbps median download speed, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) with 136.06 Mbps median download speed and Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA) with 136.02 Mbps median download speed.

“As we’ve seen in most recent analyses, the airports with the fastest Wi-Fi are international hubs that passengers from around the world pass through on their way to all kinds of destinations. If you are connecting through any of these airports, you should have no trouble with internet speeds this fast,” explained Isla McKetta, Senior Director of Consumer Marketing at Ookla.

Moreover, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and SEA had the lowest median multi-server latency (6ms) on Wi-Fi of any of the airports during Q1 2023. This means that there’s little delay when relaying information online in these airports.

Outside the US, China’s Shanghai Pudong International Airport has the fastest performance on Ookla’s list with a median download speed of 118.67 Mbps. This is followed by the median download speeds at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris at 98.82 Mbps, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) at 82.83 Mbps, Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 67.21 Mbps, and Frankfurt Airport (FA) at 59.10 Mbps.

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