The Top 3 Worst US Airports for Delays and Cancellations

by Anthony Losanno
Travel Early

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As I wrote about yesterday, travel is surging heading into the summer. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a limited waiver of the slot usage at three airports: New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) as well as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). American, United, and Delta have taken advantage of this and cut flights this summer to get ahead of the possible issues.

John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are being cited as the top three to potentially see delays and cancellations this summer.


John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

When you think of NYC airports, JFK likely comes to mind. It serves as the gateway to Europe and Asia for many. The FAA is predicting a 45% increase in delays and cancellations (across east coast airports including JFK) due to staffing shortages in air traffic controllers and maintenance staff.


Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

American Airlines’ hub could be in for a rough summer. Earlier this spring, 28.5% of flights were delayed or canceled. This could get worse this summer with an especially active tornado season as well as an ongoing pilot shortage.


San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

San Francisco is perpetually dealing with ground stops due to fog and other weather. Mix in ongoing runway repairs and you have the potential for trouble. This will likely continue throughout the summer and could snarl Bay-Area travelers’ plans.

When traveling this summer, it’s clear you’ll need patience and a backup plan. With all-time high numbers and staffing shortages, the skies (and airports) might not be so friendly.

Anthony’s Take: I’m not changing my travel plans this summer, but will pad in extra time for connections and when I need to arrive. I’m hoping that the media is making this seem a little worse than it is, but I’m preparing for a bumpy ride.

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1 comment

DaninMCI May 10, 2023 - 5:34 am

I’ll go out on a limb here and predict that DFW will fare better than they estimate. 2023 is supposed to be an El Nino year which will result in higher-than-average temperatures in Texas and push the typical humid thunderstorm activity further east. Could impact ATL more. Just a guess.


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