US Airports with the Most Flight Cancellations

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While airlines are trying to improve their on-time performance, including improving their operating rates. For instance, last year Delta went over 200 days without a single cancellation, something quite impressive for the airline industry. Despite Delta’s success, we still saw thousands of flights cancelled in the US, with bad weather as the main factor.

A study released by InsureMyTrip breaks down which US airports have the most flight cancellations:

  • New York’s LaGuardia reports the highest percentage of canceled flights in 2017. Winter Storm Stella was a contributing factor, causing the number of grounded flights to soar last March. 
  • For the first time in five years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) reports more flight cancellations than Chicago O’Hare International (ORD). December’s power outage at ATL contributed to the spike. 
  • Despite the rise in canceled flights for Atlanta, the airport was average, in terms of percentages — with 1.49 percent of scheduled departures calling it quits. 
  • Bad weather is the top reason for flight delays and cancellations. 
  • Overall, flight delays are far more common than canceled flights.

The study shows New York (LGA) has the highest amount of cancelled flights with an average of 3.23% of flights cancelled last year. Winter weather was a big cause to this, however other factors include the large amounts of regional flights into LaGuardia, which are usually the first flights to get cancelled.

Other US Airports ranking high on the amount of flight cancellations last year include both Houston George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), with 2.73% of flights cancelled, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) with 2.7% of their flights cancelled last year.

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  1. the link says DL didn’t have ***MAINLINE*** cancellations in 200 days, not total operations, but they’re also masters of 2 things :

    1. infinitely long rolling delays. are 23-hour delays really “delays” ?

    2. scape-goating their regional operations whenever things go bad, and only begin cancelling mainline when essentially all regional ops have been exhausted.

    if you think that hardly matters, the vast majority of their shuttle operation that runs LGA-DCA/BOS/ORD, 3 very key business routes, are outsourced to regional ops. People can argue about the increased comfort of the E75 all they want, but when push comes to shove during IRROPS, guess which ones are headed for the guillotine first ?

  2. wouldn’t FLL’s cancellation rate be artificially high for last year due to the shooting incidnet shutting the airport down for the better part of 2 days?
    how does last year’s rate compare to prior years?

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