The 10 US airports that have canceled the most flights this season

The 10 US airports that have canceled the most flights this season

Bloomberg— The best thing you can do to avoid flight cancellations is to avoid New York City.

This is indicated by new data from AirHelp, which helps travelers process claims related to flight disruptions globally.

To prepare its classification, AirHelp analyzed a total of 37,000 cancellations at 400 airports in the North American country between May 27 and July 15. While at the average US airport 2.6% of flights were canceled during that period, the two hardest-hit hubs were New York’s recently renovated LaGuardia and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport. These had nearly triple the number of outageswith 7.7% and 7.6%, respectively.

According to an AirHelp spokesperson, “Cancellations can happen for a variety of reasons, but in general we tend to see a higher concentration of flight cancellations and interruptions at the busiest airports.what happens with the airports in the New York area”.

Behind the two New York hubs are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which saw 5.9% of its flights canceledand the Pittsburgh International Airport, with 4.1%.

“If you look at the airports that get the most cancellations and you have another airport that is a reasonable alternative to you, you might want to consider where you book flights,” says Alice Mariscotti-Wyatt, director of brand, content and communications at AirHelp.

Although that may not be possible for many people, there are other itinerary changes that can be made to improve the chances of a smooth takeoff.. According to AirHelp data, what matters is not only where you fly, but when you fly, considering that the highest concentration of cancellations occurs in the afternoon hours, between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm, about.

The day of the week can also play a role. Cancellations were nearly twice as frequent on Thursday as on Tuesday, which (at least by this measure) is the best day to fly.. Fridays had the worst level of punctuality (69%), while Tuesdays, again, won as the best day to travel, with 78% of punctual flights.

Mariscotti-Wyatt claims that the data is not intended to discourage people from traveling, but rather to help them make informed decisions. After all, he adds, passengers whose flights depart from the United States have “substantially fewer” consumer protections than those whose flights depart from the European Union, the United Kingdom or Canada.

This may change if the Biden administration manages to pass legislation aimed at solving the problem.. On August 3, the Department for Transportation proposed rules that would, among other things, require airlines to refund cash if a passenger’s flight exceeds a reasonable delay, which is three hours on a domestic flight or six hours on an international route. If passed as a federal regulation, the rule will be a huge win for riders, though the process is expected to take at least a few months..

With or without government help, AirHelp expects the level of outages to continue until the end of September.

With that in mind, these are the airports you may want to avoid in the coming weeks and months.

Worst US Airports for Cancellations

Commuters in LaGuardia this summer.  Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloombergdfd
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

New York

7.7% of canceled flights

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Newark, NJ

7.6% of canceled flights

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Arlington, Va.

5.9% of canceled flights

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.1% of canceled flights

Logan International Airport (BOS)

Boston, Massachusetts

4% of canceled flights

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT)

Charlotte, North Carolina

3.8% of canceled flights

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.8% of canceled flights

Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE)

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3.7% of canceled flights

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Miami Florida

3.7% of canceled flights

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

New York

3.6% of canceled flights

The best and worst days to travel

Boston Logan International Airport.  Photographer: Vanessa Leroy/Bloombergdfd

3.6% of flights canceled, 72% on time


3.2% of flights canceled, 69% on time


2.7% of flights canceled, 75% on time


2.7% of flights canceled, 73% on time


2.5% of flights canceled, 73% on time


1.9% of flights canceled, 77% on time


1.8% of flights canceled, 78% on time



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