The airports and airlines in the United States with the most frequent flight delays

Based on data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, The Family Vacation Guide conducted research to identify the US airports and airlines that experience the most frequent flight delays.

We’ve all had a delayed flight while traveling at some point, and while it’s usually out of your control, it doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

However, you’re more likely to experience delays at some airports and on some airlines than others, and to find out which ones, the team’s analysts dug deep into the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) ‘Airline On-Time Statistics and Delay Causes’ data from July 2019 to July 2021.


The airports with the most frequent flight delays are listed below:

RankAirportState% On Time% Late or Cancelled
1Newark Liberty InternationalNK75.71%24.29%
3Dallas/Fort Worth InternationalTX79.23%20.77%
4Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood InternationalFL79.78%20.22%
5Palm Beach InternationalFL80.34%19.66%
6=Boston Logan InternationalMA80.61%19.39%
6=Louis Armstrong New Orleans InternationalLA80.61%19.39%
8Orlando InternationalFL80.78%19.22%
9San Antonio InternationalTX80.97%19.03%
10=John F. Kennedy InternationalNY81.21%18.79%
10=San Francisco InternationalCA81.21%18.79%
The airports and airlines in the United States with the most frequent flight delays
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The airports with the least amount of flight delays are listed below:

RankAirportState% On Time% Late or Cancelled
50Daniel K Inouye InternationalHI88.31%11.69%
49Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta InternationalGA87.32%12.68%
48Minneapolis-St Paul InternationalMN87.27%12.73%
47Salt Lake City InternationalUT87.22%12.78%
46Detroit Metro Wayne CountyMI86.90%13.10%
45Norman Y. Mineta San Jose InternationalCA85.70%14.30%
44Portland InternationalOR85.23%14.77%
43John Wayne Airport-Orange CountyCA85.12%14.88%
42Sacramento InternationalCA84.95%15.05%
41Metropolitan Oakland InternationalCA84.90%15.10%
40Charlotte Douglas InternationalNC84.66%15.34%

The following airlines have the most frequently delayed flights:

RankAirline% On Time% Late or Cancelled
1Allegiant Air72.69%27.31%
2JetBlue Airways76.80%23.20%
3Frontier Airlines78.76%21.24%
4Envoy Air80.48%19.52%
5United Airlines81.40%18.60%
6American Airlines81.45%18.55%
7Spirit Airlines82.04%17.96%
8Southwest Airlines83.03%16.97%
9Alaska Airlines83.18%16.82%
10SkyWest Airlines84.01%15.99%
11Republic Airline84.27%15.73%
12Delta Airlines86.69%13.31%
13Hawaiian Airlines89.00%11.00%

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