10 Worst On-Time Airports for Spring Flights

Springtime means a return to travel. Which means a return of flyers to the nation’s airports. Which means a spike in airport congestion, overcrowded flights, and flight delays.

Working around the predictable unpleasantness requires knowing when and where it will occur.

A just-released study by RewardExpert, the 2018 Spring Air Travel Forecast, attempts to precisely predict this spring’s airport pain points, by date and by airport.

First, the worst dates to fly, by month:

  • March – Thursday, March 1; Monday, March 12; Tuesday, March 13
  • April – Tuesday, April 3; Saturday, April 7
  • May – Saturday, May 19; Tuesday, May 22

Of course, even on the worst days, not all airports will perform equally poorly.

Based on on-time performance during the three-month period over the past five years, these are the 10 airports expected to have the worst records:

  • Liberty Airport, NJ – Average on-time performance: 76.8%
  • Hobby, TX – Average on-time performance: 77.0%
  • Love Field, TX – Average on-time performance: 77.6%
  • San Francisco, CA – Average on-time performance: 77.8%
  • LaGuardia, NY – Average on-time performance: 78.1%
  • O’Hare, CHI – Average on-time performance: 78.3%
  • Midway, CHI – Average on-time performance: 78.3%
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Average on-time performance: 78.5%
  • JFK, NY – Average on-time performance: 79.0%
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX – Average on-time performance: 79.3%

So spring into travel, but do so selectively.

After 20 years working in the travel industry, and almost that long writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.

This article first appeared on SmarterTravel.com, where Tim is Editor-at-Large.

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