If you’re flying out of Newark Liberty International Airport anytime soon, you may want to bring an extra book to read.
The airport ranked as the worst in the U.S. for having the highest share of flights that were delayed for over 15 minutes or cancelled, according to a report from air-passenger rights company AirHelp. Only 64% of flights departed Newark on time.
To produce its report, AirHelp analyzed flight data for flights that occurred between June 1 and July 31 out of airports that had more than 1,000 flights for those months.
Passengers looking to travel to or from the Big Apple won’t do much better flying out of other New York City-area airports. LaGuardia Airport’s on-time performance rate was only 66%, the third worst in the nation just behind Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s 65%. John F. Kennedy International Airport came in at No. 8, with almost 74% of its flights leaving on time.
(MarketWatch reached out to all the airports on AirHelp’s ranking for comment, but not receive immediate responses. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport said airlines handle scheduling.)
Here is the rest of the 10 worst U.S. airports for flight delays or cancellations. Percentages have been rounded up to the nearest 10th decimal:
|Ranking||Departure airport||On-time performance|
|1||Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)||64%|
|2||Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)||65%|
|3||LaGuardia Airport (LGA)||66%|
|4||Denver International Airport (DEN)||66%|
|5||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)||68.5%|
|6||George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)||71%|
|7||Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)||73%|
|8||John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)||74%|
|9||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)||77%|
|10||Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)||77.5%|
Still, passengers traveling domestically in the U.S. may have it easier than those traveling in Europe. Only 47.1% of flights departed Mykonos Airport in Greece on time this summer, making it the worst-performing airport in the continent. Other airports with worse track records than Newark include those in Milan, Italy (59%); London Gatwick, England (59%); and Lisbon, Portugal (62%).