Americans made good on their promise to travel more in 2023.  Ahead of the busiest holiday travel season this decade, I’m sharing data from AirHelp that shows this summer’s best and worst airports (below) – if you’re planning to travel to these airports this fall/winter, it’s best to be prepared!

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Airports With Highest Percentage of Flight Disruptions 

*based on “flight disruptions” from airports with 10,000+ flights in June, July and August 2023  

  1. Fort LauderdaleHollywood International Airport (FLL): 42.63% of flights disrupted  
  2. Orlando International Airport (MCO): 42.11% of flights disrupted 
  3. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): 39.19% of flights disrupted 
  4. Baltimore/Wash International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 39.10% of flights disrupted  
  5. Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW): 36.28% of flights disrupted
  6. Denver International Airport (DEN): 35.02% of flights disrupted
  7. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS): 34.6% of flights disrupted
  8. Harry Reid International Airport (LAS): 34.26% of flights disrupted
  9. Miami International Airport (MIA): 34.23% of flights disrupted
  10. Tampa International Airport (TPA): 33.2% of flights disrupted

Airports With Lowest Percentage of Flight Disruptions 

*based on “flight disruptions” from airports with 10,000+ flights in June, July and August 2023  

  1. Honolulu International Airport (HNL): 18.61% of flights disrupted
  2. Portland International Airport (PDX): 19.12% of flights disrupted
  3. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP): 20% of flights disrupted
  4. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC): 20.23% of flights disrupted
  5. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC): 20.91% of flights disrupted
  6. San Antonio International Airport (SAT): 21.36% of flights disrupted
  7. Sacramento International Airport (SMF): 21.48% of flights disrupted
  8. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 22.88% of flights disrupted
  9. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA): 22.9% of flights disrupted
  10. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 23.26% of flights disrupted

All data below this is based on “flight disruptions” from airports with 2,000+ flights in June, July and August 2023

·       Flying to Florida, West Coast is the Best Cost! Every airport along Florida’s east coast experienced issues with nearly 40% of their flights (if not more). Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) are much more reliable options. RSW is right next to Naples and only a 2-hour drive from Miami, the airport delivered 70% of its flights on time this summer. ECP, which is right next to the beach and only 2 hours from Tallahassee, delivered 73.76% of its flights on time, without disruption.

·       Traveling to Tampa? Sarasota/Bradenton Int’l Airport (SRQ) is far more reliable and less than an hour’s drive away from the city center. Compared to Tampa International (the nation’s 10th worst airport this summer, SRQ delivered 73.84% of its flights on time, without disruption.

·       If you’re in search of a winter wonderland in NYC – Use LaGuardia Airport – this was the only major airport servicing NYC that delivered over 70% of its flights without issue.

·       Want fun in the sun that isn’t a beach? For those who want to get a tan but avoid a beach vibe, Arizona is the place for you! Both major airports processed flights with exceptional reliability: Tucson Int’l Airport (83.28% on time) & Phoenix Int’l Airport (76.74% on time).

·       Sneaking in an end-of-season golf trip should

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