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These Are The 10 Major U.S. Airports With The Most Delays For Summer Travel

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We've all been there—you do everything right, but your travel plans still fall through, through no fault of your own.

You followed the advice of arriving early to the airport, made small talk with an Uber driver, and then followed the orders from a grumpy TSA agent only to arrive at your gate and discover the dreaded “Delayed” status.

Nobody likes travel delays unless perhaps you're enjoying the endless snacks in an airport lounge.

Plane flying over Jefferson Memorial

According to the latest flight statistics from May, travelers can now make a more informed decision choosing their airline to avoid these travel frustrations.

These are the 10 major U.S. airports with the most delays for summer travel, starting with 7-10 and diving deeper into 1-6:

10) Washington DC (DCA) – 27.8% of flights disrupted  

9) Atlanta (ATL) – 28.4% of flights disrupted  

8) Denver (DEN) – 28.7% of flights disrupted  

7) Orlando (ORL) – 30.5% of slights disrupted  

6) Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) – 30.5% of flights disrupted 

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Skipping ahead to #6, you may have already noticed a common theme here. The Sunshine State may be a majority of Americans' preferred vacation spot, but it comes with some frustrations.

Those heading to Fort Lauderdale, which is often seen as Miami's secondary airport, shouldn't be totally surprised since this is a budget airline hub.

As travelers are already iffy flying Spirit, which is headquartered here, let's hope you don't have to take advantage of their new flexible change and cancellation policies.

5) Miami (MIA) – 31.7% of flights disrupted

Plane flying over Miami

Uh-oh. Should you even bother vacationing in South Florida this summer?

Let's not kid ourselves, South Florida is an amazing spot to kick back and relax by day and let loose at night.

Oddly enough, Miami International Airport's code is MIA, which is what you might be if your friends and family are expecting you.

With nearly a third of flights disrupted during the month of May, delays may just be a way of life between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

4) Chicago (ORD) – 34.7% of flights disrupted  

Plane flying over Chicago skyscrapers

Chicago is one of a handful of true metropolises in the U.S. and home to 2 airports. O'Hare is the one to keep an eye out on in terms of potential snags in your trip.

It should be no surprise Chicago is in high demand in summer since it becomes a blistering cold destination in the winter.

It is called the” Windy City” for a reason after all. Home to Broadway shows, iconic restaurants and hotels, and magnificent scenery along Lake Michigan, Chicago is never a bad idea.

The bad news is you're likely to encounter some airport headaches if flying through O'Hare.

3) Charlotte (CLT) – 37.8% of flights disrupted

Charlotte skyline on nice day

One of the most underrated states is North Carolina, home to incredible food, stunning nature, and the often-overlooked city of Charlotte as a top getaway.

Heck, the trendy city of Asheville seems to gain more attention than anywhere else. That being said, Charlotte and the state have seen a surge of tourists as of late.

Although, More often than not, it's safe to say Charlotte is a layover destination, which can make travel disruptions even more of a hassle.

As someone who has a connecting redeye flight to Charlotte this weekend, the high disruption rate definitely grabbed my attention!

2) Houston (IAH) – 40.6% of flights disrupted

Houston skyline

Now that we're at the bottom of the barrel, you may have noticed another trend here. The Lone Star State doesn't seem to have 2 of their biggest airports in order.

First up is George Bush International Airport, one of two major airports in the city of Houston.

Despite a staggering number of disruptions, the question is why people would want to travel here in summer when it feels like a sauna?!

Houston is quite an underrated city, but with high chances of travel delays and unbearable weather, maybe wait until fall?

1) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – 45.6% of flights disrupted 

Dallas skyline mirrored on Trinity River

What in the world is going on in Dallas? Nearly half of all flights taking off from DFW were affected in some way.

I can't personally say I'm surprised as this is my least favorite airport in the country where TSA Pre-Check lines are often double the size of standard lines and everything just seems to be out of whack.

Regardless, Dallas is on the up and up as one of the trendiest cities in America, along with Fort Worth.

Both are definitely worth visiting, but perhaps flying into Love Field is your best bet.

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