Stats: New York - LaGuardia Could Be Most Stressful Airport for Holiday Travel This Year

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With a busy holiday travel season upon us, researchers at InsureMyTrip have released a new report on which airports could possibly be the most stressful for holiday travelers.

InsureMyTrip predicts New York's LaGuardia (LGA) will be most stressful for travelers this Christmas. LGA reports the highest percentage of canceled flights (4.9%) so far this year.

Flights scheduled for departure between 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm are more susceptible to delays and cancellations. If a flight is canceled, most airlines will rebook travelers on the next available flight at no additional charge. However, airlines are not required to reimburse travelers for losses incurred as a result of a canceled flight.

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This is the list of the most stressful airports this Christmas, based on flight cancellation rates:

  1. New York, NY: LaGuardia (Worst)
  2. Norfolk, VA: Norfolk International
  3. Charleston, SC: Charleston AFB/International
  4. Rochester, NY: Greater Rochester International
  5. Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia International
  6. Newark, NJ: Newark Liberty International
  7. Providence, RI: Theodore Francis Green State
  8. Washington, DC: Ronald Reagan Washington National
  9. Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Niagara International
  10. New York, NY: John F. Kennedy International
  11. Boston, MA: Logan International
  12. Hartford, CT: Bradley International
  13. Raleigh/Durham, NC: Raleigh-Durham International
  14. Richmond, VA: Richmond International
  15. Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Douglas International
  16. Chicago, IL: Chicago Midway International
  17. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall
  18. Grand Rapids, MI: Gerald R. Ford International
  19. Chicago, IL: Chicago O'Hare International
  20. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland-Hopkins International
  21. Columbus, OH: John Glenn Columbus International
  22. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh International
  23. Louisville, KY: Louisville International-Standiford Field
  24. Cincinnati, OH: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
  25. Jacksonville, FL: Jacksonville International
  26. West Palm Beach/Palm Beach, FL: Palm Beach International
  27. Birmingham, AL: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  28. Milwaukee, WI: General Mitchell International
  29. Washington, DC: Washington Dulles International
  30. Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis International
  31. Memphis, TN: Memphis International
  32. Dallas/Fort Worth, TX: Dallas/Fort Worth International
  33. Nashville, TN: Nashville International
  34. Burbank, CA: Bob Hope
  35. St. Louis, MO: St Louis Lambert International
  36. Houston, TX: William P Hobby
  37. Omaha, NE: Eppley Airfield
  38. Fort Myers, FL: Southwest Florida International
  39. Dallas, TX: Dallas Love Field
  40. Kansas City, MO: Kansas City International
  41. San Francisco, CA: San Francisco International
  42. New Orleans, LA: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International
  43. Oklahoma City, OK: Will Rogers World
  44. Tampa, FL: Tampa International
  45. Orlando, FL: Orlando International
  46. Oakland, CA: Metropolitan Oakland International
  47. Miami, FL: Miami International
  48. Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis-St Paul International
  49. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
  50. Detroit, MI: Detroit Metro Wayne County
  51. Austin, TX: Austin - Bergstrom International
  52. Anchorage, AK: Ted Stevens Anchorage International
  53. Houston, TX: George Bush Intercontinental/Houston
  54. San Antonio, TX: San Antonio International
  55. San Juan, PR: Luis Munoz Marin International
  56. San Diego, CA: San Diego International
  57. Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles International
  58. Albuquerque, NM: Albuquerque International Sunport
  59. Denver, CO: Denver International
  60. Tucson, AZ: Tucson International
  61. San Jose, CA: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International
  62. Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Sky Harbor International
  63. Las Vegas, NV: McCarran International
  64. Honolulu, HI: Daniel K Inouye International
  65. Atlanta, GA: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
  66. Ontario, CA: Ontario International
  67. Spokane, WA: Spokane International
  68. Santa Ana, CA: John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  69. Reno, NV: Reno/Tahoe International
  70. Sacramento, CA: Sacramento International
  71. Portland, OR: Portland International
  72. Kahului, HI: Kahului Airport
  73. Seattle, WA: Seattle/Tacoma International
  74. Boise, ID: Boise Air Terminal
  75. Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City International

This table contains data for non-stop domestic flights by major air carriers collected in 2018 thus far by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. 


Rankings were based on the flight cancellation rate per airport. Airports on the list also reported 13,000 or more scheduled flights for 2018 thus far. Researchers also noted other factors, like hurricanes, led some airports to report a high number of canceled flights earlier in the year.

Source: InsureMyTrip

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