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Worst Airlines and Airports for Cancelations and Delays

Air travelers are usually told to arrive early at the airport so they can go through security and long lines and still catch their flight. The normal rule is to arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours ahead for international flights.

However, that time can vary based on your airport and even your airline. And, especially recently, you could run into complications and unexpected issues, no matter when you arrive at the airport. Cancellations and delays have been a big problem this year.

The website price4limo, has now compiled a list of best and worst airlines and airports when it comes to providing uninterrupted travel to customers. There’s also a time table on when it’s best to fly.

The site analyzed data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics on the number of flight delays and cancellations across major U.S. airports and airlines from June 2021 to June 2022, and collected Google search volume data from Google Trends from September 2021 to September 2022.

Best and Worst Airlines

Southwest is the airline with most cancellations over the last year. Percentage wise, that title goes to Allegiant. The same airlines are the worst for delays as well.

Best and Worst Airports

For airports, DFW, ORD and DEN lead the naughty list. The best airports when it comes to cancellations and delays are HNL, OAK, and SJC.

See more details here.

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  1. Why would emphasis aggregate numbers and downplay the percentages? Journalists do this to manipulate data knowing readers won’t think critically.

  2. These statistics are not too helpful. I find it more helpful to look at the specific trip that I make and make assumptions. For example, if I am traveling from Greenville, SC to Reno, NV, then I would look at what airlines could be used and what routing. I might conclude that a certain routing is worse based on the weather or alternative flights at the hub. That is more useful to me than looking at the percentage of flights cancelled by an airline (unless the airline was shockingly higher than other airlines).

    • Unless you’re connecting at a hub that has frequent cancellations. Then the specific route means nothing when the domino effect can kill any route.


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