U.S. Airport Statistics & Flight Cancellation Data

Last updated on 08/23/2022

In an effort to empower passengers to make informed decisions when booking flights, InsureMyTrip has done some research on the performance records of U.S. airports and domestic flights. This resource page provides airline delay and cancellation data for airports in the United States. This information can be used by researchers to make predictions regarding how air travel will likely be impacted during certain times of the year. It can also be helpful for passengers when researching types of travel insurance plans.



08/22/2022

U.S. Airports Ranked By Flight Cancellation Rates - 2022

InsureMyTrip analyzed the latest flight cancellation data gathered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) to gain a closer look at the impact of ongoing flight disruptions, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other factors, on U.S. Airports.

Summary:

  • LaGuardia New York saw an increase of 4.02% more canceled flights, however they have put on almost 50,000 more canceled flights this year.
  • Gerald R. Ford International saw almost 3% more canceled flights, despite having almost the same number of flights in both years.
  • Metropolitan Oakland International managed to reduce the number of canceled flights by 2.15%.
  • 6 of the 78 airports analyzed had reduced the percentage of canceled flights.
  • Interestingly Salt Lake City International put on 449 fewer flights this year, despite this they still had 0.49% more canceled flights.

This ranking shows U.S. airports with the most and least percentage of flights canceled. This updated list is based on newly released data, which includes January through May of 2022. The above findings compare 2022 with the same time period in 2021.

Rank
Airport
City
1
LGA
New York
70206
4178
5.95%
2
EWR
Newark
54130
3066
5.66%
3
BOS
Boston
54035
2777
5.14%
4
PVD
Providence
6072
303
4.99%
5
BUF
Buffalo
7943
394
4.96%
6
BDL
Hartford
9723
480
4.94%
7
DCA
Washington DC
58833
2896
4.92%
8
JFK
New York
55740
2664
4.78%
9
PBI
West Palm Beach/Palm Beach
11884
553
4.65%
10
ORF
Norfolk
8796
395
4.49%
11
DAL
Dallas
26491
1185
4.47%
12
CLE
Cleveland
16692
733
4.39%
13
SDF
Louisville
8728
373
4.27%
14
DFW
Dallas/Fort Worth
112280
4640
4.13%
15
CMH
Columbus
16227
662
4.08%
16
STL
St. Louis
23457
939
4.00%
17
CHS
Charleston
10166
406
3.99%
18
ANC
Anchorage
7476
298
3.99%
19
IND
Indianapolis
17158
678
3.95%
20
BWI
Baltimore
33654
1328
3.95%
21
RIC
Richmond
7956
313
3.93%
22
PIT
Pittsburgh
16836
654
3.88%
23
GRR
Grand Rapids
6701
257
3.84%
24
MEM
Memphis
8457
319
3.77%
25
RDU
Raleigh/Durham
22155
832
3.76%
26
RSW
Fort Myers
20034
754
3.76%
27
FLL
Fort Lauderdale
38070
1419
3.73%
28
ORD
Chicago
105415
3924
3.72%
29
CVG
Cincinnati
14960
540
3.61%
30
MDW
Chicago
26533
940
3.54%
31
MCO
Orlando
61212
2155
3.52%
32
BNA
Nashville
34078
1193
3.50%
33
IAD
Washington DC
22797
782
3.43%
34
MCI
Kansas City
17635
598
3.39%
36
OKC
Oklahoma City
7941
269
3.39%
36
PHL
Philadelphia
35157
1189
3.38%
37
DEN
Denver
105809
3554
3.36%
38
TPA
Tampa
32800
1100
3.35%
39
AUS
Austin
36323
1202
3.31%
40
CLT
Charlotte
78425
2571
3.28%
41
MIA
Miami
48624
1587
3.26%
42
JAX
Jacksonville
12080
392
3.25%
43
MKE
Milwaukee
10680
309
2.89%
44
TYS
Knoxville
5257
147
2.80%
45
PDX
Portland
23444
511
2.80%
46
MSY
New Orleans
19619
548
2.79%
47
DTW
Detroit
53273
1476
2.77%
48
HOU
Houston
19781
547
2.77%
49
BUR
Burbank
12530
344
2.75%
50
SEA
Seattle
67417
1844
2.74%
51
IAH
Houston
52568
1433
2.73%
52
ELP
El Paso
6789
176
2.59%
53
SAT
San Antonio
13382
335
2.50%
54
BHM
Birmingham
5856
146
2.49%
55
SJU
San Juan
12691
297
2.34%
56
SNA
Santa Ana
18782
419
2.23%
57
OMA
Omaha
8843
193
2.18%
58
LAS
Las Vegas
67167
1448
2.16%
59
SFO
San Francisco
51670
1082
2.09%
60
TUS
Tucson
6991
142
2.03%
61
ABQ
Albuquerque
8026
160
1.99%
62
MSP
Minneapolis
49295
973
1.97%
63
ATL
Atlanta
129129
2511
1.94%
64
LAX
Los Angeles
78450
1495
1.91%
65
PHX
Phoenix
68933
1219
1.77%
66
GEG
Spokane
7605
130
1.71%
67
ONT
Ontario
9278
159
1.71%
68
SJC
San Jose
19352
325
1.68%
69
OAK
Oakland
17699
279
1.58%
70
SAN
San Diego
31026
487
1.57%
71
SMF
Sacramento
20358
299
1.47%
72
HNL
Honolulu
21974
251
1.14%
73
BOI
Boise
10066
115
1.14%
74
RNO
Reno
7698
86
1.12%
75
SLC
Salt Lake City
44860
495
1.10%
76
OGG
Kahului
11923
111
0.93%

Methodology

Rankings were based on the flight cancellation rate per airport. Airports on the list also reported 5,200 or more scheduled flights for 2022. InsureMyTrip and The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). BTS tracks the on-time performance of domestic flights operated by large air carriers.


01/20/2022

U.S. Airports Ranked By Flight Cancellation Rates - 2021

InsureMyTrip analyzed the latest flight cancellation data gathered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) to gain a closer look at the impact of COVID-19, and other factors, on U.S. Airports.

Summary:

  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport reported the highest cancellation rates in the country for 2021 with an average cancellation rate of more than 6%.
  • Airports in Texas, DFW, HOU, and DAL, also topped the list of flight cancellations.
  • Kahului Airport maintains a consistent reputation for punctuality.
  • Overall, cancellations were significantly down in 2021 compared to 2020, the peak of the pandemic.

This ranking shows U.S. airports with the most and least percentage of flights canceled. This updated list is based on newly released data, which now includes January through October of 2021.

Rank (Worst)

Airport

City

% of canceled Flights

1

MSY

New Orleans

6.10%

2

DFW

Dallas/Fort Worth

3.67%

3

HOU

Houston

3.41%

4

DAL

Dallas

3.34%

5

EWR

Newark

3.12%

6

MEM

Memphis

3.08%

7

MDW

Chicago

2.98%

8

BWI

Baltimore

2.97%

9

BUR

Burbank

2.65%

10

SAT

San Antonio

2.57%

11

PVD

Providence

2.41%

12

DEN

Denver

2.34%

13

BNA

Nashville

2.33%

14

AUS

Austin

2.23%

15

OKC

Oklahoma City

2.23%

16

IAH

Houston

2.22%

17

ELP

El Paso

2.22%

18

ORD

Chicago

2.13%

19

FLL

Fort Lauderdale

2.07%

20

RNO

Reno

2.00%

21

LGA

New York

1.99%

22

PHX

Phoenix

1.99%

23

STL

St. Louis

1.95%

24

SNA

Santa Ana

1.89%

25

TPA

Tampa

1.87%

26

MCO

Orlando

1.82%

27

BDL

Hartford

1.81%

28

RSW

Fort Myers

1.80%

29

IND

Indianapolis

1.76%

30

SDF

Louisville

1.75%

31

DCA

Washington DC

1.71%

32

MKE

Milwaukee

1.68%

33

ANC

Anchorage

1.67%

34

OMA

Omaha

1.64%

35

CHS

Charleston

1.63%

36

JAX

Jacksonville

1.62%

37

BUF

Buffalo

1.60%

38

BHM

Birmingham

1.59%

39

CMH

Columbus

1.58%

40

ABQ

Albuquerque

1.58%

41

TUS

Tucson

1.57%

42

RIC

Richmond

1.57%

43

PIT

Pittsburgh

1.55%

44

PBI

West Palm Beach/Palm Beach

1.53%

45

GRR

Grand Rapids

1.53%

46

LAS

Las Vegas

1.52%

47

PHL

Philadelphia

1.52%

48

OAK

Oakland

1.52%

49

CLE

Cleveland

1.52%

50

ORF

Norfolk

1.51%

51

MIA

Miami

1.46%

52

IAD

Washington DC

1.46%

53

TYS

Knoxville

1.46%

54

BOS

Boston

1.41%

55

JFK

New York

1.38%

56

CLT

Charlotte

1.37%

57

PDX

Portland

1.37%

58

ONT

Ontario

1.35%

59

CVG

Cincinnati

1.32%

60

RDU

Raleigh/Durham

1.31%

61

SJC

San Jose

1.29%

62

SAN

San Diego

1.26%

63

SMF

Sacramento

1.20%

64

LAX

Los Angeles

1.16%

65

SEA

Seattle

1.12%

66

SJU

San Juan

1.11%

67

SFO

San Francisco

1.03%

68

BOI

Boise

0.92%

69

DTW

Detroit

0.79%

70

SLC

Salt Lake City

0.67%

71

ATL

Atlanta

0.66%

72

HNL

Honolulu

0.63%

73

MSP

Minneapolis

0.57%

74

OGG

Kahului

0.51%

Methodology

Rankings were based on the flight cancellation rate per airport. Airports on the list also reported 4,900 or more scheduled flights for 2021. InsureMyTrip and The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). BTS tracks the on-time performance of domestic flights operated by large air carriers.


09/16/2020

U.S. Airports Ranked By Flight Cancellation Rates - 2020

InsureMyTrip analyzed the latest flight cancellation data gathered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) to gain a closer look at the impact of COVID-19, and other factors, on U.S. Airports.

Summary:

  • Chicago Midway International reported the highest cancellation rates in the country so far this year with an average cancellation rate nearing 20 percent. In 2019, Chicago Midway averaged around 3.8 percent of flights canceled.
  • Las Vegas, Burbank, Dallas, Oakland, and Houston also reported high volume of flights canceled.
  • Kahului Airport maintains a consistent reputation for punctuality, another quarter of low cancellations.

This ranking shows U.S. airports with the most and least percentage of flights canceled. This updated list is based on newly released data, which now includes January through May of 2020.

Rank (Worst)

Airport

City

% of canceled Flights

1

MDW

Chicago

19.67%

2

LAS

Las Vegas

16.4%

3

BUR

Burbank

15.88%

4

DAL

Dallas

15.39%

5

OAK

Oakland

15.02%

6

HOU

Houston

14.94%

7

BUF

Buffalo

14.52%

8

CHS

Charleston

14.25%

9

MCI

Kansas City

14.16%

10

MSY

New Orleans

14.08%

11

BNA

Nashville

13.77%

12

GRR

Grand Rapids

13.52%

13

SJC

San Jose

13.26%

14

BWI

Baltimore

13.24%

15

ABQ

Albuquerque

13.11%

16

SAT

San Antonio

12.95%

17

STL

St. Louis

12.83%

18

TYS

Knoxville

12.78%

19

SNA

Santa Ana

12.73%

20

RNO

Reno

12.69%

21

ONT

Ontario

12.60%

22

SDF

Louisville

12.60%

23

AUS

Austin

12.53%

24

IND

Indianapolis

12.50%

25

CLT

Charlotte

12.28%

26

BHM

Birmingham

12.24%

27

SAN

San Diego

12.17%

28

OMA

Omaha

12.12%

29

PHL

Philadelphia

12.07%

30

DEN

Denver

12.03%

31

SMF

Sacramento

12.00%

32

DSM

Des Moines

11.95%

33

ELP

El Paso

11.83%

34

MKE

Milwaukee

11.81%

35

MEM

Memphis

11.74%

36

DCA

Washington

11.70%

37

JAX

Jacksonville

11.68%

38

LGA

New York

11.52%

39

CVG

Cincinnati

11.51%

40

TPA

Tampa

11.51%

41

ORD

Chicago

11.35%

42

PIT

Pittsburgh

11.34%

43

RIC

Richmond

11.30%

44

PHX

Phoenix

11.28%

45

PBI

West Palm Beach/Palm Beach

11.20%

46

DFW

Dallas/Fort Worth

11.10%

47

BDL

Hartford

11.09%

48

RDU

Raleigh/Durham

11.03%

49

ORF

Norfolk

11.03%

50

OKC

Oklahoma City

10.88%

51

CMH

Columbus

10.86%

52

EWR

Newark

10.59%

53

CLE

Cleveland

10.56%

54

MCO

Orlando

10.53%

55

IAD

Washington

10.32%

56

FLL

Fort Lauderdale

10.29%

57

MIA

Miami

10.14%

58

BOS

Boston

10.11%

59

RSW

Fort Myers

9.87%

60

SFO

San Francisco

9.63%

61

ATL

Atlanta

9.63%

62

IAH

Houston

9.44%

63

TUS

Tucson

9.44%

64

LAX

Los Angeles

9.33%

65

JFK

New York

9.20%

66

MSP

Minneapolis

8.90%

67

PDX

Portland

8.76%

68

GEG

Spokane

8.21%

69

DTW

Detroit

7.87%

70

SLC

Salt Lake City

7.81%

71

SJU

San Juan

7.58%

72

SEA

Seattle

7.40%

73

BOI

Boise

7.35%

74

OGG

Kahului

6.50%

75

HNL

Honolulu

5.39%

Methodology

Rankings were based on the flight cancellation rate per airport. Airports on the list also reported 5,900 or more scheduled flights for 2020. InsureMyTrip and The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). BTS tracks the on-time performance of domestic flights operated by large air carriers.


02/25/2020

Busiest U.S. Airports Ranked by Flight Cancellation Rates - 2019

InsureMyTrip issues its latest airport rankings for flight cancellations

Summary

  • Chicago Midway International reported the highest cancellation rates in the country, bad storms and the groundings of 737 Max jets likely contributed to the spike.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International continues to make an impressive on-time performance comeback in 2019.
  • New York's LaGuardia no longer reports the highest percentage of canceled flights in the country. The NYC airport now ranks 8th, a significant improvement.
  • California wildfires led to a significant increase in flight cancellations for Burbank last year.
  • Salt Lake City International in Utah and Kahului Airport in Hawaii maintain a consistent reputation for punctuality, celebrating another year of shocking low cancellations.

This ranking shows U.S. airports with the most and least percentage of flights canceled. This updated list is based on newly released data, which now includes all of 2019.

Rank/Airport

Rank (Worst)

Airport

City

% of Canceled Flights

1

MDW

Chicago

3.88%

2

BUR

Burbank

3.37%

3

ORD

Chicago

3.22%

4

EWR

Newark

3.14%

5

BUF

Buffalo

3.13%

6

HOU

Houston

3.13%

7

DAL

Dallas

3.08%

8

LGA

New York

2.88%

9

GRR

Grand Rapids

2.76%

10

ORF

Norfolk

2.58%

11

DFW

Dallas/Fort Worth

2.57%

12

DCA

Washington DC

2.50%

13

BWI

Baltimore

2.48%

14

PHL

Philadelphia

2.42%

15

MKE

Milwaukee

2.34%

16

PVD

Providence

2.31%

17

SFO

San Francisco

2.31%

18

CHS

Charleston

2.26%

19

STL

St. Louis

2.23%

20

CLE

Cleveland

2.22%

21

BHM

Birmingham

2.21%

22

BOS

Boston

2.13%

23

MEM

Memphis

2.11%

24

RIC

Richmond

2.07%

25

DEN

Denver

2.05%

26

MCI

Kansas City

2.05%

27

OAK

Oakland

1.97%

28

CMH

Columbus

1.95%

29

BDL

Hartford

1.95%

30

OKC

Oklahoma City

1.92%

31

IND

Indianapolis

1.88%

32

OMA

Omaha

1.87%

33

MSY

New Orleans

1.86%

34

PIT

Pittsburgh

1.80%

35

JAX

Jacksonville

1.79%

36

TYS

Knoxville

1.78%

37

SDF

Louisville

1.77%

38

SJC

San Jose

1.72%

39

CVG

Cincinnati

1.68%

40

BNA

Nashville

1.67%

41

MCO

Orlando

1.66%

42

CLT

Charlotte

1.66%

43

RDU

Raleigh/Durham

1.64%

44

IAD

Washington DC

1.63%

45

JFK

New York

1.60%

46

SAN

San Diego

1.59%

47

PBI

West Palm Beach/Palm Beach

1.55%

48

ELP

El Paso

1.49%

49

ONT

Ontario

1.47%

50

ANC

Anchorage

1.44%

51

RNO

Reno

1.43%

52

TUS

Tucson

1.40%

53

SAT

San Antonio

1.40%

54

IAH

Houston

1.39%

55

AUS

Austin

1.38%

56

SMF

Sacramento

1.37%

57

TPA

Tampa

1.35%

58

PHX

Phoenix

1.33%

59

ABQ

Albuquerque

1.32%

60

SNA

Santa Ana

1.26%

61

LAS

Las Vegas

1.26%

62

FLL

Fort Lauderdale

1.25%

63

LAX

Los Angeles

1.20%

64

RSW

Fort Myers

1.19%

65

MIA

Miami

1.15%

66

SEA

Seattle

1.08%

67

DTW

Detroit

1.07%

68

MSP

Minneapolis

1.04%

69

GEG

Spokane

1.00%

70

SJU

San Juan

0.87%

71

PDX

Portland

0.83%

72

BOI

Boise

0.73%

73

ATL

Atlanta

0.61%

74

HNL

Honolulu

0.44%

75

SLC

Salt Lake City

0.42%

76

OGG

Kahului

0.41%

Dealing With Flight Delays

Each airline has its own flight delay policy for passengers waiting at the airport; there are no federal requirements. Travelers concerned about delays should be aware of the following:

  • Generally, early departures are less likely to be delayed.
  • Book a non-stop flight (no stops).
  • When booking, ask the airline about the on-time performance percentage for an individual flight.
  • Closer to departure, check real-time airport data. This will provide timely information on weather concerns or air traffic delays.
  • Be aware of "creeping delays." This is when an airline continues to push back a departure time it can sometimes be extended for hours or lead to a cancellation.
  • If a flight is delayed, try to learn the reason why to better gauge if the flight is in jeopardy of being canceled. Reasons for delays may include maintenance, fueling, crew issues, weather, previous flight with the same aircraft arrived late, causing the present flight to depart late, or security issues.
  • Some flights will be delayed on the tarmac before or after take-off. As a general rule, DOT prohibits flights to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours.

Passengers with departing flights at busier airports should consider travel insurance with robust travel delay benefits.

To schedule an interview with an expert or to request specific research data, please contact [email protected].

Methodology

Rankings were based on the flight cancellation rate per airport. Airports on the list also reported 19,000 or more scheduled flights for 2019. Data Source: InsureMyTrip and The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). BTS tracks the on-time performance of domestic flights operated by large air carriers.


12/19/2019

25 Busiest U.S. Airports for Holiday Travel

In an effort to help empower travelers to make more informed decisions when it comes to holiday travel preparations, InsureMyTrip predicts which U.S. airports will likely be the busiest, and reviews how the latest data trends can aid travelers when comparing travel insurance benefits.

Summary:

  • Chicago O’Hare International and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International will be the busiest airports in the country during the 2019 holiday season
  • Passengers should check crowd-sourced airport security wait times by using the My TSA application and prepare for longer lines during Christmas week
  • Passengers with departing flights at busier airports are more likely to utilize a travel delay benefit and, therefore, may want to compare travel insurance policies with better delay protection

Busiest Airports This Christmas

According to InsureMyTrip, this is the list of busiest airports for Christmas week, based on total domestic flights reported for 2019 thus far:

Rank

Airport

City

Number of Domestic Flights

1

ORD

Chicago

299,839

2

ATL

Atlanta

298,377

3

DFW

Dallas

227,850

4

DEN

Denver

214,451

5

CLT

Charlotte

190,982

6

LAX

Los Angeles

187,571

7

SEA

Seattle

145,350

8

IAH

Houston

134,480

9

PHX

Phoenix

133,475

10

SFO

San Francisco

133,099

11

DTW

Detroit

132,696

12

LGA

New York

129,909

13

LAS

Las Vegas

126,313

14

MSP

Minneapolis

122,638

15

EWR

Newark

118,254

16

PHL

Philadelphia

117,930

17

BOS

Boston

113,571

18

DCA

Washington DC

107,925

19

MCO

Orlando

106,538

20

JFK

New York

96,310

21

SLC

Salt Lake City

91,400

22

BWI

Baltimore

78,560

23

SAN

San Diego

74,708

24

FTL

Fort Lauderdale

73,019

25

WDI

Washington DC

69,709

InsureMyTrip analyzed non-stop domestic flights by major air carriers collected in 2019 thus far by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Longest Estimated Security Wait Times

According to InsureMyTrip, here’s a general look at the time of the week when security wait times for passengers tend to be the longest:

Code

Airport

Busiest Day & Time

Average Wait Time

ORD

Chicago O'Hare International

Sun. between 8 am - 9 am

30 - 45 min

ATL

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

Mon. between 7 am - 9 am

30 - 45 min

DFW

Dallas/Fort Worth International

Sun. between 6 am - 7 am

15 - 30 min

DEN

Denver International

Sun. between 9 am - 10 am and Sat. 8 am - 10 am

30 - 45 min

CLT

Charlotte Douglas International

Sun. 1 pm - 2 pm

60 min or more

LAX

Los Angeles International

Varies*

15 - 30 minutes, most of the time

SEA

Seattle/Tacoma International

Sat. 6 am - 8 am

30 - 45 min

IAH

George Bush Intercontinental/Houston

Wed. 2 pm - 4 pm and Fri. 5 am - 6 am

30 - 45 min

PHX

Phoenix Sky Harbor International

Tues. 5 am - 6 am

15 - 30 min

SFO

San Francisco International

Thurs. 8 am - 9 am and Fri

15 - 30 min

Methodology

This data was collected by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) and analyzed by InsureMyTrip. Data only includes standard wait time estimates for the busiest U.S. airports, based off the latest historical data available. Does not include wait times for TSA PreCheck passengers.

*Los Angeles International is listed as varied wait times, due to no clear day and time when extended wait times are more likely to happen.

Both the TSA and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provide information on wait times at airports and border crossings. While security wait times are dynamic, travelers can check crowd-sourced airport security wait times by using the My TSA app prior to departure.

Best Protection for Flight Delays

Based on these data results, travelers can make smarter choices about their travel plans and travel insurance purchases. For example, passengers with departing flights at busier airports are more likely to utilize a travel delay benefit and, therefore, may want to compare travel insurance policies with better delay protection.

Travel delay benefits vary with each travel insurance provider, generally between a 5 and 24-hour window. The benefit is designed to provide reimbursement for reasonable meals and accommodations while unable to travel.

Tip: Travelers must be delayed for a certain number of hours before this benefit can be applied. When comparing travel insurance, look for the minimum delay time (typically, starting at 5 hours) to start qualifying for coverage as soon as possible.

Best Protection for Delayed Bags

Travelers may also want to ensure baggage delay coverage is included under a selected comprehensive travel insurance plan. Baggage delay coverage generally becomes active after belongings have been delayed for a specified period of time, typically 12 or 24 hours.

Tip: When comparing travel insurance, look for a maximum per-person coverage amount as well as a per-day limit. For example, some policies may offer $500 per person to purchase incidentals, but only allow $200 to be spent per day.

Best Protection for Missing Cruise Departure

For those concerned about a delayed flight adversely affecting a cruise or tour departure, travelers may also want to ensure a missed connection benefit is included under a selected comprehensive travel insurance plan. This benefit is designed to provide travelers with coverage if a delayed flight (for example, of 3 hours or more) causes a traveler to miss a cruise departure.


05/24/2018

Worst U.S. Airports for Hurricane-Related Delays & Cancellations

In an effort to help empower passengers to make more informed decisions while traveling during the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, InsureMyTrip predicts which U.S. airports are most prone to delays and cancellations and what passengers should know about airline policies.

Airport Delay Data Summary:

  • Researchers ranked the on-time performance for the busiest airports in the Eastern U.S., the part of the country that is most impacted by tropical storms.*
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is ranked the best overall for handling delays and cancellations during hurricane season. It is also the busiest.
  • Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy International are ranked the worst overall for delays and cancellations during hurricane season. All three airports are twice as likely to report a weather delay than any other airport on the list.
  • Passengers should anticipate flight disruptions when a storm develops. Nationwide, flight cancellations soared for major U.S. airports in August and September last year due to storms.

Overall U.S. Airport Data Ranking (Worst to Best)

  1. Newark, NJ: Newark Liberty International
  2. New York, NY: LaGuardia
  3. New York, NY: John F. Kennedy International
  4. Houston, TX: George Bush Intercontinental/Houston
  5. Washington, DC: Ronald Reagan Washington National
  6. Dallas/Fort Worth, TX: Dallas/Fort Worth International
  7. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
  8. Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia International
  9. Boston, MA: Logan International
  10. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall
  11. Dallas, TX: Dallas Love Field
  12. Orlando, FL: Orlando International
  13. Houston, TX: William P Hobby
  14. Miami, FL: Miami International
  15. Washington, DC: Washington Dulles International
  16. Fort Myers, FL: Southwest Florida International
  17. Raleigh/Durham, NC: Raleigh-Durham International
  18. Austin, TX: Austin - Bergstrom International
  19. Tampa, FL: Tampa International
  20. Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Douglas International
  21. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh International
  22. Nashville, TN: Nashville International
  23. San Antonio, TX: San Antonio International
  24. New Orleans, LA: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International
  25. Atlanta, GA: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

Methodology

*U.S. airports were ranked by the InsureMyTrip travel data team. Data combined three years of on-time performance statistics for the 25 busiest airports (based on the volume of flight operations) located in Eastern U.S. On-time performance data included weather delays for airports — including those attributed to extreme weather conditions and delays under the control of the National Airspace System (NAS). The proportion of weather delays to the number of flights was also calculated in addition to the overall number of delays and minutes of delays. Researchers also reviewed the percentage of cancellations (domestic arrivals and departures). Data was obtained by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the agency that tracks the on-time performance of domestic flights operated by large air carriers.

Researchers evaluated on-time data for selected airports during the 2015, 2016, and 2017 hurricane season. The official hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th (Source: NOAA).