Stats: Worst Days, Routes to Fly Over Memorial Day Weekend 2019

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Flying this Memorial Day weekend? AirHelp has rounded up an analysis of the busiest and most-disrupted days and air travel routes to help travelers avoid the worst times to fly. 

More than 43 million Americans are expected to travel over the long holiday weekend this year, AirHelp said. In 2018, more than 25,553 flights were disrupted, impacting more than 2.5 million U.S. air passengers. Friday was the busiest day to fly last year, AirHelp said, suggesting that it could be the travel day to avoid this year. 

All told, more than 17 percent of all flights over Memorial Day weekend in 2018 were disrupted, experiencing delays or cancellations, according to AirHelp’s analysis. The top 10 most-disrupted flight routes were:

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  1. Los Angeles International Airport → San Francisco International Airport
  2. San Francisco International Airport → Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  3. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport → San Francisco International Airport
  4. Denver International Airport → San Francisco International Airport
  5. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport → Fort Lauderdale International Airport
  6. San Diego International Airport → San Francisco International Airport
  7. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport → Los Angeles International Airport
  8. Orlando International Airport → Newark Liberty International Airport
  9. Newark Liberty International Airport → Fort Lauderdale International Airport
  10. J F Kennedy International Airport → San Francisco International Airport

In a separate report, AAA’s annual Memorial Day travel forecast found that this year is set to be the second-busiest ever since the organization began keeping records in 2000. Overall, 3.25 million air travelers are expected to fly this year, an increase of 3.5 percent over last year. 

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