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These 5 Airports Are Expected To Have The Most Delays And Cancellations This Summer

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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 runs smoothly, crowded airports mean nothing more than slower security clearance, fewer places to sit, and long queues to grab a pre-boarding snack. But this isn't always the case, and a new study has found 5 airports that will likely have the most delays and cancellations this summer.

But if your flight is delayed or canceled, then the extra foot traffic can make this time of stress and inconvenience even worse.

One way to decrease the odds of this happening to you is to avoid the airports which 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.

A woman looking at a large departures board in the airport.

They looked at the 100 busiest airports in the U.S. and assessed them using ten metrics across two categories, with the focus of this piece being on-time arrival performance.

So, which of those airports performed the worst? Here are the top five:

Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)

Orlando Sanford International Airport is the worst airport in the U.S., in terms of cancellations and delays.

With only 66.72% of flights out of the airport leaving on time, Sanford had the lowest percentage of on-time flights of all the airports 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 top five worst airports for summer travel are located in Florida, so if you’re heading to Florida this summer then choose your inbound and outbound airport 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.

Airplane flying over palm trees in Florida

This likely explains why St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport ranked the worst for weather-related delays, with 3.66% of flights delayed due to the weather.

The airport also ranked worst for flight delays caused by late-arriving aircraft. This accounted for 15.07% of delays.

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

Located in the largest city in Western North Carolina, Asheville is the airport with the most delays and cancellations outside of Florida.

Only 73.58% of flights from Asheville Regional Airport departed on time, due to a wide range of factors including late-arriving aircraft, weather delays, and National Aviation System delays.

Passenger airplane landing at sunset on a runway

Asheville Regional Airport is by far the smallest airport on this list, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have big problems getting aircraft to depart on time.

The good news is that, from August, Asheville Regional Airport will be undergoing a facilities expansion, which means that if your flight from the airport is delayed, at least you will have somewhere to sit and relax while you’re waiting.

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

The final Florida airport on this worst five list is Orlando International Airport. On three of the metrics considered, Orlando International Airport came in fourth position.

Only 73.06% of flights from the airport departed on time. 0.66% of flights due to land at the airport were diverted. And 8.18% of flights were delayed due to National Aviation System delays.

The check in line of a crowded airport

Orlando International Airport is the biggest and busiest airport in Florida, with over 50 million passengers passing through its doors in 2022.

With so many passengers to process, delays on this scale 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.

Because it is located just 2 hours from New York and 2 hours from Boston, many passengers use Bradley International Airport as an affordable alternative to visit both cities.

A frustrated traveler at the airport

But if you value your time more than your wallet, you might wish to consider flying directly to your chosen final destination.

Only 73.40% of flights departing from Bradley International Airport left on time. 1.63% of those delays were attributed to poor weather conditions.

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Thursday 29th of June 2023

I call BS. I've used SFB (Sanford) 20 times and only delayed once. Because of a thunderstorm. This article is suspect. I only have good things to say about that airport.