Seattle's Sea-Tac has the fastest free WiFi among major North
American airports, according to a report by Ookla, which powers the
Speedtest results from January through April showed Seattle's
download speed to be 103 megabits per second (Mbps), more than double what it
was a year ago.
Among the 24 other airports measured by Ookla, Denver offers
the second-fastest WiFi with a download speed of 78.68 Mbps. Calgary leads
major Canadian airports and came in third overall in North America with a
download speed of 67.23 Mbps.
This past year brought improvements to most of the 24
airports listed in Ookla study. Notably, Atlanta's WiFi download speed jumped
from a creeping pace of 2.68 Mbps to 59.62 Mbps. The download speed at Orlando International
increased from 7.96 mbps to 30.46 Mbps.
Still, Ookla said that many airports still have much
progress to be made.
"There are far too many airports on this list with a
mean download of less than 10 Mbps. Free Wi-Fi is good. Free Wi-Fi that's fast
enough to keep travelers happily entertained is even better," the company
Six of the airports Ookla analyzed have download speeds
below 10 Mbps, with Minneapolis, Toronto and, lastly, Montreal filling the
bottom three spots.
Detroit, Miami and Dallas-Fort Worth recorded the steepest
WiFi speed declines over the past year, with Detroit, the worst of the lot,
showing a 58.9% decrease.