These U.S. Airports Have Had the Most Cancellations So Far This Summer

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This summer travel season hasn’t exactly been the relaxing one people hoped it would be. Up until (very) recently, gas prices were exceptionally high, and flying has been a nightmare—especially when it comes to crowds, delays, and canceled flights.

So which airports have had the most cancellations? New data from AirHelp and published by Bloomberg shed a light on the ones you’ll want to avoid when booking your next flight. Here’s what to know.

The worst U.S. airports for cancellations in the summer of 2022

To arrive at their rankings, AirHelp analyzed 37,000 flight cancellations at 400 American airports between May 27 and July 15, which, according to the company, is the most chaotic part of the summer travel season. During that period, 2.6% of the flights at the average American airport were canceled.

But some airports fared better than others. And these 10 airports had the most flight cancellations this summer:

  1. LaGuardia Airport (LGA) [New York City]
    7.7% of flights canceled
  1. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
    7.6% of flights canceled
  2. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) [Arlington, Virginia]
    5.9% of flights canceled
  3. Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
    4.1% of flights canceled
  4. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
    4% of flights canceled
  5. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
    3.8% of flights canceled
  6. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
    3.8% of flights canceled
  7. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
    3.7% of flights canceled
  8. Miami International Airport (MIA)
    3.7% of flights canceled
  9. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) [New York City]
    3.6% of flights canceled

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Airports aside, certain days and times are more prone to flight cancellations than others, according to AirHelp. Your best bet is flying on a Tuesday, when your flight is three times less likely to be canceled than one on a Thursday. And, if possible, avoiding flights later in the day: Those departing from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. are canceled most often.

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