Forbes Advisor analyzed federal transportation data to determine the worst and best US airports and airlines for holiday travel to assist travelers in planning their trips.
Americans who will be visiting relatives or taking a vacation this holiday season may experience flight delays, cancellations, and airfare costs that are up 40% from 2021 as travel is approaching pre-pandemic levels.
In the past, several airports and airlines have experienced greater problems, such as flight delays, cancellations, and higher prices during the holidays, giving customers a worse experience.
- The worst airports for holiday travel were Westchester County Airport (HPN), Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), and McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS).
- The top three airports for holiday travel are Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Keahole (KOA), Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, and Long Beach Airport (LGB) (SJC).
- While six of the top 20 worst airports for holiday travel are in New York State, six of the top ten best airports are in California.
- Ted Stevens With an average ticket price rise of $77.45, Anchorage International Airport sees the largest increase in cost before the holidays, followed by Myrtle Beach International Airport ($70.27) and Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport ($43).
- Alaska Airlines was rated as the top airline for holiday travel, while JetBlue was rated as the worst.