This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Even the best travel plans can be derailed by nasty flight delays — and though you’re unlikely to contend with ice or snow storms, peak summer travel can still result in major backups on the tarmac.
To help you plan accordingly, TPG looked at historical on-time departure data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics from major airports across the United States during June, July and August.
By looking at the data from the summers of 2016 and 2017, we found a number of serial offenders — so we can guess which airports are most likely to delay your summer fun this year.
Texans, it turns out, may need to brace themselves for flight delays in the coming months. Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) took two of the three bottom spots. Average on-time departure performance at Dallas Love Field was the worst in the country, with an average of 68% for the summer months for the last two years.
Dallas/Fort Worth performed only slightly better, with an on-time departure rate of approximately 71.3%.
Newark Liberty International (EWR) rounded out the bottom three, with an average on-time departure performance of just 70.18%, leaving it wedged between the two Dallas airports.
Out West, things look much brighter. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is the airport most likely to see travelers getting to their summer destinations in a timely fashion this year, with an average on-time departure rate of 85.63%.
Portland International Airport (PDX) had a strong on-time departure average of 84.32% during the summers of 2016 and 2017, as did Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP), which averaged 83.68%.
Though an airport’s general performance may not shift dramatically in 2018, there is one important factor to take into consideration: The Bureau is changing the way they categorize airports.
“In 2017 and previous years, we were [reporting] airports with 1% of total domestic passenger enplanements,” Dave Smallen, the Bureau’s director of public affairs, told TPG.
Historically well-performing airports, like Hawaii’s Honolulu International (HNL) didn’t make the cut. But in 2018, that’s changing. Now, the top 30 airports are being determined by domestic passenger enplanements. And that could have an interesting impact on the way the on-time performance data looks at the end of the summer.
Travelers should also note that the data collected by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics considered flights on-time if they pushed away from the gate within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure time.
Featured image by PhotoAlto/Thierry Foulon.
*An earlier version of this article included Chicago Midway International in the bottom three. This post has since been corrected.
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees