Stats: LaGuardia Had Most Flight Cancellations in 2017

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New York’s LaGuardia Airport led the United States in terms of cancelled flights in 2017, according to a new report on flight cancellations by According to the report, Winter Storm Stella was a contributing factor to LaGuardia’s high spot on the list, with the number of grounded flights spiking in March.

According to the study, the airports with the highest percentages of flight cancellations in 2017 are:

  1. New York LaGuardia
  2. George Bush Intercontinental / Houston
  3. Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International
  4. Newark Liberty International
  5. New York JFK
  6. Boston Logan International
  7. Ronald Reagan Washington National / Washington DC
  8. Orlando International
  9. San Francisco International
  10. Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International
  11. Philadelphia International
  12. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
  13. Chicago Midway International
  14. Chicago O’Hare International
  15. San Diego International
  16. Charlotte Douglas International
  17. Dallas / Fort Worth International
  18. Los Angeles International
  19. Detroit Metro Wayne County
  20. McCarran International / Las Vegas
  21. Denver International
  22. Seattle / Tacoma International
  23. Minneapolis – St. Paul International
  24. Phoenix Sky Harbor International
  25. Salt Lake City International

Other key highlights from the report:


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  • For the first time in five years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) reports more flight cancellations than Chicago O'Hare International (ORD). December’s power outage at ATL contributed to the spike. Data analysts predicted this outcome.
  • Despite the rise in canceled flights for Atlanta, the airport was average, in terms of percentages — with 1.49 percent of scheduled departures calling it quits.
  • Bad weather is the top reason for flight delays and cancellations.
  • Overall, flight delays are far more common than canceled flights. ​

InsureMyTrip compiled the report based on data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Source: InsureMyTrip

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