The Least Stressful Airports to Fly Through This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is almost here, and to help those hitting the skies, InsureMyTrip has released a list of the least stressful U.S. airports to fly through based on flight cancellations. The report examines which airports are least likely to cancel flights. 

Hawaii’s Daniel K Inouye International airport in Honolulu and Kahului Airport are the least stressful airports for passengers this Thanksgiving, followed by Salt Lake City and Atlanta

Notably, InsureMyTrip predicts that New York City’s LaGuardia Airport will no longer be the most stressful for travelers this Thanksgiving, because it has improved its cancellation rates this year after having the highest percentage of canceled flights in both 2018 and 2017. Chicago-area airports, however, are going through a rough patch, with O’Hare and Midway currently experiencing the highest cancellation rates in the country, based on the available 2019 data. Those numbers don’t yet include last week’s snow storms, which grounded over 1,000 flights. 

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Good to know: Flights scheduled for departure between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. are more susceptible to delays and cancellations. 

Here’s the full list of the least stressful airports this Thanksgiving:

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

Rankings were based on the flight cancellation rate per airport. Airports on the list also reported 14,000 or more scheduled flights for 2019 thus far.

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