Even without the snow and inclimate weather, the summer is no picnic for busy travelers. Some delays are inevitable, but it appears several airports perform much worse than others in this busy travel season.
MileCards.com recently analysed on-time arrival data from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the last 10 years, from 2007, uncovering the best and worst airports for summer flight delays. The comparison service examined the 50 busiest airports in the USA
Three of the four worst airports for on-time, summer, the arrival in and around New York: Newark Liberty International (66.5%), LaGuardia (66.9 percent) and John F. Kennedy International (69.2%) ranked the first, second and fourth in the worst on-time arrival percentage between 2007 and 2016, respectively.
San Francisco International and Boston’s Logan International round out the top five worst airports for on-time arrival in the summer, according to MileCards.com’s 2017 Summer Delay Study.
While it would undoubtedly be better, Chicago’s O’hare, Philadelphia International, Miami International, Ronald Reagan Washington National and John Glenn Columbus International Airport, also cracked the list of the top 10 worst for the summer of travel with an average on-time arrival percentages ranging from 72.3% to 73.9 percent.
Hawaii dominates the list of the best airports for on-time arrivals during the summer. Kahului Airport and Honolulu International Airport rank Nos 1 and 2 of 88 percent and 86.5 percent, respectively.
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The West rules the roost when it comes to the top-performing airports in the mainland US
Salt Lake City International, Orange County John Wayne Airport Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Portland International, Seattle-Tacoma International, San Jose International, Minneapolis-St. Paul International and Las Vegas McCarran International are some of the best U.S. airports for summer travel, offers an on-time percentage of 79.5 percent or better.
MileCards.com’s survey also found that 40 percent of the top 50 U.S. airports have more summer than in the winter, delays, and June is the worst month for the summer, delays of more than three-quarters of the 50 busiest airports of the experience of more frequent delays in June compared to July or August.
The website stated that Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the best United Airlines is a hub for on-time summer arrivals, while Phoenix is the top-performing American Airlines hub at this time of the year. Delta Air Lines’ best hub for summer travel is Salt Lake City.
To combat the summer delays, MileCards.com recommends travelers check for waived change fees before they check in and take advantage of in-flight Wi-Fi to rebook on their way to their destination, and choose the air-and departure times carefully.