All summer long, travelers have endured a steady wave of flight cancellations at airports across the country. But the situation is particularly bad if you fly out of a handful of hubs.
While the average American airport saw 2.6% of its flights canceled between May 27 and July 15, the number was significantly higher at 10 airports, according to a Bloomberg story based on an analysis by AirHelp, an organization that helps travelers process claims related to flight disruptions.
AirHelp looked at 37,000 cancellations across 400 U.S. airports and found that these were the 10 worst for cancellations during the period.
- LaGuardia Airport (New York City): 7.7% of flights canceled
- Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark, New Jersey): 7.6%
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (Arlington, Virginia): 5.9%
- Pittsburgh International Airport (Pittsburgh): 4.1%
- Boston Logan International Airport (Boston): 4%
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport (Charlotte, North Carolina): 3.8%
- Philadelphia International Airport (Philadelphia): 3.8%
- Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (Cleveland): 3.7%
- Miami International Airport (Miami): 3.7%
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York City): 3.6%
Bloomberg quoted an unnamed AirHelp spokesperson who said:
“Cancellations can happen for a variety of reasons, but in general we often see a higher concentration of cancellations and flight disruptions at airports that are higher in traffic, which is true for airports in the New York area.”
The situation isn’t likely to get better between now and the end of September, according to Bloomberg.
Flights are most likely to be canceled on Thursdays (3.6% of all flights) and Fridays (3.2%). On the other hand, cancellations are least likely on Tuesdays (1.8%) and Mondays (1.9%).
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