Airlines and Airports Ranked by On-Time Arrival Performance

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Airlines and Airports On-Time Arrival Performance

Airlines and Airports Ranked by On-Time Arrival Performance

Delays have been one of the main issues with air travel since the recent spike in demand. That is only expected to get worse with the holiday travel season. In August for example, just over 22% of all flights in the country were delayed, based on numbers from United States Department of Transportation’ Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Another 3% were cancelled.

Delays and cancelations are frustrating and you can never really prepare for when they might happen. But you can make an educated guess based based on the airline and the airport. The Family Vacation Guide recently complied two years of data from BTS to determine the airlines and airports that are most likely to face delays and cancellations.

Below you can find a list of the best and worst 10 airports in the country, and a ranking of 13 domestic airlines as far as cancelations and delays go.

Best Airports

Rank Airport State On Time Delayed/Cancelled
50 Daniel K Inouye International HI 88.31% 11.69%
49 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International GA 87.32% 12.68%
48 Minneapolis-St Paul International MN 87.27% 12.73%
47 Salt Lake City International UT 87.22% 12.78%
46 Detroit Metro Wayne County MI 86.90% 13.10%
45 Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International CA 85.70% 14.30%
44 Portland International OR 85.23% 14.77%
43 John Wayne Airport-Orange County CA 85.12% 14.88%
42 Sacramento International CA 84.95% 15.05%
41 Metropolitan Oakland International CA 84.90% 15.10%
40 Charlotte Douglas International NC 84.66% 15.34%

Worst Airports

Rank Airport State On Time Delayed/Cancelled
1 Newark Liberty International NK 75.71% 24.29%
2 LaGuardia NY 77.48% 22.52%
3 Dallas/Fort Worth International TX 79.23% 20.77%
4 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International FL 79.78% 20.22%
5 Palm Beach International FL 80.34% 19.66%
6= Boston Logan International MA 80.61% 19.39%
6= Louis Armstrong New Orleans International LA 80.61% 19.39%
8 Orlando International FL 80.78% 19.22%
9 San Antonio International TX 80.97% 19.03%
10= John F. Kennedy International NY 81.21% 18.79%
10= San Francisco International CA 81.21% 18.79%

Worst Airlines

Rank Airline On Time Delayed/Cancelled
1 Allegiant Air 72.69% 27.31%
2 JetBlue Airways 76.80% 23.20%
3 Frontier Airlines 78.76% 21.24%
4 Envoy Air 80.48% 19.52%
5 United Airlines 81.40% 18.60%
6 American Airlines 81.45% 18.55%
7 Spirit Airlines 82.04% 17.96%
8 Southwest Airlines 83.03% 16.97%
9 Alaska Airlines 83.18% 16.82%
10 SkyWest Airlines 84.01% 15.99%
11 Republic Airline 84.27% 15.73%
12 Delta Airlines 86.69% 13.31%
13 Hawaiian Airlines 89.00% 11.00%


Daniel K Inouye International airport in Hawaii takes the top spot for the least delays and cancellations in the country. At the other end of the spectrum, you have Newark Liberty International where one every four flights is either delayed or canceled.

For airlines, Hawaiian is the most reliable. Allegiant Air is the worst with over 27% of flights either delayed or canceled.

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  1. If you look at best on time airline and best on time airports you see four of the top five airports are Delta hubs and Delta is best contiguous US airline

    Delta is ready when you are


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