Stats: Newark Airport Had Worst On-Time Performance in 2017

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Newark Airport has surpassed LaGuardia as the worst major airport in the nation for on-time performance, according to Global Gateway Alliance (GGA). Their analysis of recently released data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics on the nation’s top 30 airports for passenger traffic shows that Newark had the worst on-time performance, followed closely by LaGuardia and JFK (full list below).

Key Findings:

Newark was last in both on-time arrivals and departures in 2017, down to 67.74 percent and 73.42 percent respectively.


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On-time performance in 2017 was down at all three New York City airports from 2016, but Newark’s decrease of 4.49 percent was the largest performance drop in the nation.

JFK’s arrival delays were the longest in the country in 2017, averaging 83.75 minutes per delay. That is over 12 minutes per delay worse than the average delay in 2016.

LaGuardia led the nation in percentage of flights cancelled in 2017 at 3.23 percent, and its departure delays were the second longest in the country at an average of 79.06 minutes per delay.

JFK and LaGuardia both handled fewer flights from major U.S. carriers in 2017 than any of the past five years, indicating that increased traffic was not the cause of the problems at both airports, the GGA said.

Ranking of Major Airport On-Time Performance for 2017

  1. Minneapolis - 86.08 percent
  2. Salt Lake City – 86.04 percent
  3. Washington – Dulles – 84.07 percent
  4. Detroit – 83.89 percent
  5. Charlotte – 83.47 percent
  6. Phoenix – 83.10 percent
  7. Houston – 82.99 percent
  8. Atlanta – 82.64 percent
  9. Denver – 82.42 percent
  10. Portland – 82.38 percent
  11. Seattle – 81.86 percent
  12. Dallas – Forth Worth – 81.37 percent
  13. Washington National – 81.09 percent
  14. San Diego – 80.92 percent
  15. Baltimore – 80.87 percent
  16. Chicago O’Hare – 80.26 percent
  17. Tampa – 79.99 percent
  18. Philadelphia – 79.86 percent
  19. Chicago Midway – 79.10 percent
  20. Las Vegas – 78.96 percent
  21. Miami – 78.46 percent
  22. Orlando – 78.45 percent
  23. Dallas Love Field – 76.76 percent
  24. Boston – 76.02 percent
  25. Fort Lauderdale – 75.68 percent
  26. Los Angeles – 75.18 percent
  27. JFK – 74.22 percent
  28. LaGuardia – 73.93 percent
  29. San Francisco – 72.21 percent
  30. Newark – 70.58 percent

Delay information is sourced from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The 30 U.S. airports included each account for at least 1 percent of the nation’s total domestic scheduled-service passenger enplanements. A flight is counted “on time” if it operated less than 15 minutes after the scheduled arrival or departure time, and arrival and departure times are calculated from the arrival at or departure from the airport gate.

Source: Global Gateway Alliance

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