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We already know that travel this summer will be busy.
Whether you’re traveling internationally or domestically, you can expect the airport to be crowded when you arrive.
When everything is running smoothly, crowded airports mean nothing more than slower security, fewer places to sit, and long queues for pre-boarding snacks. But this isn’t always the case, and a new study has found 5 airports likely to see the most delays and cancellations this summer.
But if your flight is delayed or cancelled, the extra foot traffic can make this time of stress and inconvenience even worse.
One way to lessen the chances of this happening to you is to avoid airports that regularly cancel or delay flights.
Forbes Advisor has conducted a new study to determine the airports that will have the most delays and cancellations this summer.
They looked at the 100 busiest airports in the US and rated them using ten metrics in two categories, with the focus of this article on on-time arrival performance.
So which of those airports performed worst? Here is the top five:
Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)
Orlando Sanford International Airport is the worst airport in the US, in terms of cancellations and delays.
With only 66.72% of flights leaving the airport on time, Sanford had the lowest percentage of on-time flights of any airport in the study.
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This means that if you’re flying out of Orlando Sanford International Airport, you should pack your headphones and a book and be prepared for a flight delay because this is an increasingly likely possibility.
St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE)
Three of the five worst airports to travel to in the summer are in Florida, so if you’re heading to Florida this summer, choose your arrival and departure airports carefully!
However, it is worth noting that Florida is prone to thunderstorms and inclement weather during the summer months, and this is likely to have an impact on delays and cancellations.
This likely explains why St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport ranked worst for weather-related delays, with 3.66% of flights delayed due to weather.
The airport also ranked worst for flight delays caused by late-arriving aircraft. This represented 15.07% of the delays.
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
Located in the largest city in western North Carolina, Asheville is the most delayed and canceled airport outside of Florida.
Only 73.58% of Asheville Regional Airport flights were on time, due to a wide variety of factors, including aircraft arrival delays, weather delays, and National Aviation System delays.
Asheville Regional Airport is by far the smallest airport on this list, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have big problems getting planes out on time.
The good news is that starting in August, the Asheville Regional Airport facilities will be expanded, which means that if your flight from the airport is delayed, at least you’ll have a place to sit and relax while you wait.
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
The last Florida airport on this list of the five worst is Orlando International Airport. In three of the metrics considered, Orlando International Airport was ranked fourth.
Only 73.06% of the airport’s flights left on time. 0.66% of the flights that were supposed to land at the airport were diverted. And 8.18% of the flights were delayed due to delays from the National Aviation System.
Orlando International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Florida, with more than 50 million passengers passing through its gates in 2022.
With so many passengers to process, delays of this magnitude can have a significant impact on the overall passenger experience.
Bradley International Airport (BDL)
Located in the heart of Connecticut, Bradley International Airport is the second largest airport in New England.
Being only 2 hours from New York and 2 hours from Boston, many passengers use Bradley International Airport as a cheap alternative to visit both cities.
But if you value your time more than your wallet, you may want to consider flying directly to your chosen final destination.
Only 73.40% of the flights leaving Bradley International Airport were on time. 1.63% of those delays were attributed to bad weather conditions.
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