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 InsureMyTrip.com. 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:
- New York LaGuardia
- George Bush Intercontinental / Houston
- Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International
- Newark Liberty International
- New York JFK
- Boston Logan International
- Ronald Reagan Washington National / Washington DC
- Orlando International
- San Francisco International
- Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International
- Philadelphia International
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
- Chicago Midway International
- Chicago O’Hare International
- San Diego International
- Charlotte Douglas International
- Dallas / Fort Worth International
- Los Angeles International
- Detroit Metro Wayne County
- McCarran International / Las Vegas
- Denver International
- Seattle / Tacoma International
- Minneapolis – St. Paul International
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International
- Salt Lake City International
Other key highlights from the report:
- 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.