Hawaii may be seen as the perfect place to slow down and take a break from everyday life, but when it comes to airport wifi speed, it’s living in the fast lane.
A report from Speedtest, which measures internet throughput speed and wifi performance, found that Honolulu Inouye International had the fastest public wifi of any US airport.
The network’s 145.12 Mbps mean download speed was 37.5 per cent faster than the free public wifi at Chicago’s Midway Airport, which finished second in Speedtest’s rankings.
Seattle’s Sea-Tac International finished third, having previously topped the list, followed by Nashville International and Phoenix Sky Harbor International.
Of the five Canadian airport wifi networks tested, the one at Calgary International was found to be the fastest.
The report found fewer airport wifi networks with speeds under 10 Mbps, a hopeful trend.
The airports with the slowest reported wifi included Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, Salt Lake City International, Houston’s William P. Hobby, Southwest Florida International in Fort Meyers, and – ironically, given its position as the gateway to Silicon Valley – Norman Y. Mineta San José International.
The report also looked at the speed of other, non-public wifi networks available in airports, such as via subscription or by accessing an airport lounge.
Many had speed ratings that were higher than the publicly available network; the United Club at Washington Dulles International Airport, for example, had a recorded speed of 185.85 Mbps, 150 per cent higher than the airport’s public wifi.