Did YOUR closest airport make the list?

By Caitlyn Callahan

AAA World Article

You’ve booked a trip, counted down the days until your departure, and finally your vacation is here. You arrive to the airport early, check in, look at the flights board and find…your flight has been cancelled.

InsureMyTrip Research recently released a study evaluating the on-time performance of US airports and domestic flights. Their latest ranking is the airports with the most flight cancellations:

  1. LGA New York, NY: LaGuardia (Worst)
  2. ORF Norfolk, VA: Norfolk International
  3. CHS Charleston, SC: Charleston AFB/International
  4. ROC Rochester, NY: Greater Rochester International
  5. PHL Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia International
  6. EWR Newark, NJ: Newark Liberty International
  7. PVD Providence, RI: Theodore Francis Green
  8. DCA Washington, DC: Ronald Reagan Washington National
  9. RIC Richmond, VA: Richmond International
  10. RDU Raleigh/Durham, NC: Raleigh-Durham International

LaGuardia reports the highest percentage of canceled flights for the second year in the row. Severe weather was to blame for most cancellations in 2018, such as Winter Storm Grayson and Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Problems with air carriers, the National Aviation System and security concerns were other top reasons for cancellations.

On the other hand, Salt Lake City International maintains its reputation as the most on-time airport and maintains the lowest number of cancellations. 

While each airline has its own flight delay policy, travelers concerned about delays and cancelations should follow these tips:

  • Early departures are less likely to be delayed.
  • Book a non-stop flight.
  • Ask the airline about the on-time performance percentage for the flight before you book it.
  • Check real-time airport data for updates on weather concerns or air traffic delays.
  • If a flight is delayed, try to learn the reason why to better guess whether or not it will be cancelled.

If your flight is cancelled, make sure to ask the airline about reimbursements for losses resulting from the cancelled flights.