5 Worst Airports for Delays

5 Worst Airports For Delays (October 2016)

Low fare business class specialist Let’s Fly Cheaper (LFC) has compiled a list of the worst domestic airports for delayed flights. The calculations are based on the percentages of all flights delayed during October 2016.  We want to give you the most accurate information that is available. That is why all our figures come from the trusted air traffic experts at FlightStats. The list below shows the delay rates of major airports. We can’t promise that you’ll be on time.  However, we can promise you that these airports weren’t at peak performance last month. Can you guess which airports made our list of the 5 Worst Airports for Delays? (HINT: two are in the same state)

#5 McCarran International Airport (LAS) – Las Vegas, NV

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas

Percent of all flights delayed:  17.27%

Even the Vegas airports follow the motto, “what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas.” LAS’s version consists of keeping you past your expected departure time. If you’re leaving Vegas,  you have probably done some gambling while you were there. A delay at McCarran International Airport  gives you the opportunity to roll the dice a little longer. If you’re taking a chance by flying through LAS, you have a little more than 1:6 odds of being delayed.

#4 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) – Phoenix, AZ


Percent of all flights delayed:  19.02%

If you’re developing a mental list of airports that you can depend on, you might have to nix Phoenix. Sorry to burn you Phoenix, but maybe your reputation will rise from the ashes of criticism. If you still decide to travel through PHX, remember to keep your cool in this metropolitan desert. Phoenix handled slightly more flights than Vegas in October. However, its 19.02% delay rate earns PHX the #4 spot on our list.

#3 Newark Liberty International Airport (EWK) – Newark, NJ.

Passenger checks to make sure his flight is not one of the many flights delayed at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Passenger checks to make sure his flight is not one of the many flights delayed at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Percent of all flights delayed: 21.9%

Although Newark International Airport is located in New Jersey, it serves many passengers from the entire New York metropolitan area. Newark, LaGuardia and JFK all serve the most populated city in the United States.  A total of 21.9% of all flights out of Newark are delayed. This total might not seem that high. that is. until your flight is one of them. It is recommended that you check your flight status frequently if you’re flying out of Newark Liberty International Airport.

#2 Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – Los Angeles, CA


Percent of all flights delayed:  22.52%

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) serves the second largest metropolitan area in the United States. The LA area is a major center for entertainment, business, and apparently, flight delays. It ranks #2 on the list of domestic U.S. airports most likely to experience delays in October 2016. This seems understandable considering their large number of passengers. In the most recent month, over a fifth of flights out of LAX were delayed. If you’re flying out of this nearly-ninety-year-old Southern Californian airport, keep this information in mind.

#1 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – San Francisco, CA

San Francisco International Airport

Percent of all flights delayed: 25.26%

This airport is located in a very popular West Coast travel destination: San Francisco. Flights out of SFO are almost 8% more likely to experience delays than LAS. In fact, a quarter of all flights from San Francisco International Airport are delayed.  Although California is very strong in high-tech and entertainment, with the most flight delays occuring at SFO and LAX, punctuality might not be their strong suit.

Rear view of business man hands busy using cell phone at office

Delays Happen

Nobody is perfect. That includes airports and those who run them. Since they serve thousands of passengers every day, it’s natural that not every flight leaves on time. These five airports, however, seemed to have struggled more than the others this past October. You can breathe a sigh of relief if your regular airport is not on this list.  However, this is no reason to be smug; all airports are likely to have unexpected delays.  The inconvenience of a delayed flight can be minimized by checking your flight’s status regularly. Next time you are waiting for your ride to drop you off at the airport, skip Facebook and check your airport’s flight status screen. If you see “DELAYED” next to your flight, you’ll be glad that you checked it instead of your Aunt Marie’s status about her new ambrosia recipe.