World’s Worst Airports for Flight Delays

By US Daily Review Staff.

“Low fares business travel specialist” Lets Fly Cheaper (LFC) has updated its list of international and domestic airports with the worst records for delayed flights. LFC’s new “World’s Worst Airports for Business Travelers” list rates the airports on the number of delayed flights as a percentage of overall monthly airport movement (flights).

“Our mid-year “worst airports” list looks at airports around the world from the perspective of a business traveler. We focus on delayed departing flights –- the most relevant statistic for the busy business traveler, who cannot afford to miss important meetings. What’s different this time around from our end-of-year 2011 list is that we’ve included context for the flight delay statistics,” said Ramon Van Meer, Lets Fly Cheaper marketing director. “In addition to the total number of delayed flights we looked at the monthly volume of flights, or aircraft movement at each airport. Thus  our new “world’s worst airports” list for July 2012 ranks the “winners” based not solely on number of delayed flights, but on percentage of delayed to total flights for the airport.”

LFC’s research found the most chronically backed up airports in Asia, with Beijing’s Capital Airport topping the charts with a whopping 67 percent of delayed flights, Shanghai’s Pu Dong registering 37 percent delayed flights and Singapore with 18 percent delays. Europe also has two in the top five:  Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport with 20 percent of flights delayed and London’s Heathrow with 17 percent. Chicago’s O’Hare, with 10,142 flights delayed in the past 30 days should be #3 worst — if the list were based strictly on number of delayed flights.

However, because of its high flight volume (73,040 aircraft movements/month) it actually ranks much better. In fact, it ties New York’s JFK and San Francisco at 14 percent of flights delayed, even though those airports have only about 50 percent of O’Hare’s volume.

“What we found is that airport “busyness” is not necessarily correlated with flight delays,” explained van Meer. “In the U.S. and Europe there is a large mid-section of performers that are all pretty comparable – and really not bad at all — in their delayed flight records.  What really stands out for us, however, is the super high-volume airports like Atlanta (80,000+ flights per month) coming in at only 9 percent delays against airports half as busy with significantly worse delay records.”

The “world’s worst airports for business travelers” list is based on these statistics:

Airport Name/Location

Percent
Delayed Flights

Delayed Departures
Last 30 Days

Monthly
Flight Volume

1. Shanghai (Du Pang)

67%

8,023

12,000*

2. Beijing (Capital)

37%

16,899

46,010

3. Paris (Charles DeGaulle)

20%

8,224

41,866

4. Singapore (Changi)

18%

5,095

27,600**

5. London (Heathrow)

17%

6,649

40,254

Houston (George Bush)

17%

7,552

45,212

6. Chicago (O’Hare)

14%

10,064

73,040

New York (JFK)

14%

4,810

34,745

San Francisco

14%

4,878

34,120

7. Denver

13%

6,820

52,410

8. Frankfurt

12%

4,924

40,405

Munich

12%

3,900

33,913

Madrid

12%

3,852

31,657

9. Dallas/Ft. Worth

11%

5,936

54,272

10. Los Angeles (LAX)

10%

5,151

51,813

Amsterdam

10%

3,566

35,244

Toronto

10%

3,909

36,651

11. Atlanta

9%

7,522

80,677

12. Miami

8%

3,233

35,898

Charlotte

8%

3,584

47,612

The Lets Fly Cheaper “World’s Worst Airports for Business Travelers” findings are based on flight delay statistics from flightstats.com and airport flight volume numbers from Airports Council International.  *Shanghai Pu Dong information is from the airport’s website and based on self-reported volume of 400 flights/day (400 x 30 = 12,000 month). **Singapore Changi flight volume is from AirlinesAirports.com

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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