We all have one airport we try to avoid at all costs—mine is LaGuardia. Having lived in New York a decade, I know if I’m flying through LGA, I can count on some kind of travel mishap, whether it be a delay, cancellation, or dry croissant from an Au Bon Pain.
Luckily, we now know which airports we should all avoid thanks to a report by InsureMyTrip. This week, the company pulled together data from 2018 to rank airports based on the number of flight cancellations, taken from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Which airport was the biggest offender last year? For the second year in a row, LaGuardia ranked number one, canceling some 4.07% of departing flights—which means one in 25 flights never got off the ground. LGA was followed closely by Norfolk International Airport in Virginia, which canceled four percent of flights, and Charleston International Airport in South Carolina that canceled 3.89 percent of flights.
Meanwhile, airports like Salt Lake City International and Boise Air Terminal canceled the least amount of flights in 2018 (canceling just .30 and .43 percent of flights, respectively)—if you’re planning a layover, stopping by Utah or Idaho wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
According to InsureMyTrip, severe weather was mostly to blame for last year’s cancellations with Hurricane Florence and Winter Storm Grayson affecting East Coast flights. Still, 2019 isn’t looking any better, given the grounding of Boeing Max 737 aircrafts and sudden cancellations across airlines (January 2019, the last recorded month, saw 16,726 cancellations alone).
What should you do when your flight’s canceled?
While it depends on your airline, you should immediately contact them or speak to an attendant to confirm that you’ll be rebooked on another flight (airlines like Delta may automatically do this in the event of a cancellation). Weather presents a particularly annoying problem since this falls outside of airlines’ control. In this case, you’ll still be re-booked but may be responsible for your own hotel accommodations if you’re staying overnight—you can check our guide to handling flight cancellations for more insight.
If you want to find out which airports you should avoid, check out the list of the worst offenders below. For a full list, check InsureMyTrip’s press release, so you’ll never be left stranded at an airport again.
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