Stats: Worst Days, Routes to Fly Fourth of July Weekend

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With nearly 49 million Americans expected to travel over the Fourth of July weekend this year, flight compensation company AirHelp has rounded up a look at the busiest days and routes to fly. AirHelp based its analysis on flight disruption data for last year’s July Fourth travel period.

According to AirHelp, last year 22.7 million U.S. passengers flew over the July Fourth weekend, and of them more than 4 million experienced flight disruptions. Sunday, July 8, was the busiest day to fly, as well as the Saturday before July Fourth. Within the United States, these were the busiest flight routes:

  1. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  2. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  3. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to New York J F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  4. New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
  5. Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) to Kahului Airport  (OGG)
  6. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Portland International Airport (PDX)
  7. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  8. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  9. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  10. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Additionally, these are the routes that experienced the most flight disruptions last year, along with the percentage of flights that were disrupted:

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  1. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) - 67 percent
  2. Akron/Canton Regional Airport (CAK) to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) - 63 percent
  3. Tampa International Airport (TPA) to Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) - 58 percent
  4. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Akron/Canton Regional Airport (CAK) - 56 percent
  5. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) - 56 percent
  6. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSE) - 55 percent
  7. Denver International Airport (DEN) to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) - 55 percent
  8. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) - 53 percent
  9. Houston William P. Hobby Airport (IAH) to New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) - 52 percent
  10. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) - 52 percent

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