United States Airport Research

In an effort to help empower passengers to make more informed decisions when booking flights, InsureMyTrip Research regularly evaluates the on-time performance records for US airports and domestic flights. This resource page provides updates on airline delays and cancellation. The data is also used by researchers to make predictions regarding how air travel will likely be impacted during certain times of the year. In addition, the information is also useful for passengers when researching the right travel insurance.

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04/27/2018

Top Reasons for Flight Cancellations

Top reasons given for a flight cancellation in 2017 by all reportable US airports.

Reason for cancellation

Number of flights affected

Weather

45,008

Air Carrier

16,928

National Aviation System

13,725

Security

290

Flight data obtained by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. National Aviation System cancellations can also be due to weather.

04/27/2018

Most Stressful Airports for Holiday Travel

InsureMyTrip Research predicts these airports will be more stressful for travelers this holiday due to the likelihood of canceled flights based on previously reported data for this year.

Rank

Airport

City

Departing flight cancellations

1

ATL

Atlanta

3,918*

2

ORD

Chicago

3,505

3

IAH

Houston

3,481

4

SFO

San Francisco

3,057

5

LGA

New York

2,886

6

EWR

Newark

2,875

7

BOS

Boston

2,541

8

MCO

Orlando

2,510

9

FLL

Fort Lauderdale

2,371

10

JFK

New York

2,047

11

LAX

Los Angeles

1,946

12

DFW

Dallas

1,783

13

HOU

Houston

1,723

14

MIA

Miami

1,695

15

BWI

Baltimore

1,614

16

DCA

Washington DC

1,407

17

DEN

Denver

1,388

18

LAS

Las Vegas

1,277

19

TPA

Tampa

1,274

20

CLT

Charlotte

1,220

This table contains data for non-stop domestic flights by major air carriers collected in 2017 thus far by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

*Data excludes over 1,000 canceled flights due to the power outage of December, 17th 2017 at Hartsfield-Jackson International. Those numbers have not been collected yet.

04/27/2018

Data: US Airports Most Prone to Flight Cancellations

Summary

  • New York's LaGuardia reports the highest percentage of canceled flights in 2017. Winter Storm Stella was a contributing factor, causing the number of grounded flights to soar last March.
  • For the first time in five years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) reports more flight cancellations than Chicago O'Hare International (ORD). December's power outage at ATL contributed to the spike. Data analysts predicted this outcome.
  • Despite the rise in canceled flights for Atlanta, the airport was average, in terms of percentages — with 1.49 percent of scheduled departures calling it quits.
  • Bad weather is the top reason for flight delays and cancellations.
  • Overall, flight delays are far more common than canceled flights.
  • The list shows the airports with the biggest percentages of flights canceled in 2017.

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Data Source: The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) tracks the on-time performance of domestic flights operated by large air carriers.

Summary

  • For the first time in five years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) is reporting more flight cancellations than Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) and this doesn't even include the power outage cancellations from this week.
  • Weather is the top reason for flight cancellations and delays nationwide.
  • If a flight is canceled, most airlines will rebook travelers on next available flight at no additional charge. However, airlines are not required to reimburse travelers for losses incurred as a result of a canceled flight.

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