Which airports are the worst for cancellations in 2019? InsureMyTrip.com is spilling the details when it comes to which airports are the worst for canceled flights. The website used data from 2018 to calculate its findings. The 75 busiest airports in the nation were studied based on information obtained from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. People who fly out of New York frequently probably already know which airport is the worst without even looking at the list. New York’s LaGuardia Airport had the highest percentage of canceled flights in 2018. This was actually the second year in a row that LaGuardia had the worst record for flight cancellations. More than 4 percent of all flights at the airport were canceled during 2018. InsureMyTrip.com did do its best to try to defend LaGuardia by saying that a major blizzard in January of last year was a big factor behind the airport’s bad ranking. That blizzard forced LaGuardia to temporarily shut down completely.
How did other major airports around the country do? Salt Lake City International Airport managed to rank the best for flight delays in 2018. That hub had the smallest percentage of canceled flights among the busiest 75 airports in the country. Just 0.30 percent of all scheduled flights at Salt Lake City International Airport were canceled in 2018. Some of the other airports with lower-than-average percentages of canceled flights last year were Kahului Airport, Sacramento International Airport, Portland International Airport, Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson International Airport and Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
Hartsfield-Jackson had one of the biggest comebacks in terms of on-time performance in 2018. You may remember that Atlanta’s on-time performance rating really tanked back in 2017 due to a massive power outage and some other issues. However, Atlanta was able to come in six spots from the top in terms of good on-time performance this time around. One thing to take away from the findings regarding cancellation rates for 2018 is that weather played a big role in most of the large-scale cancellations that were seen.
The cancellation forecast for 2019 is already looking abysmal. It’s possible that 2019 could be one of the worst years on record for cancellations when all is said and done. That’s largely due to the large-scale grounding of Boeing Max 737 aircraft that was mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in March. The FAA took action in response to the tragic crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight. We still don’t have any word on whether or not grounded planes in the United States will be put back into use at any point.
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