(CNN) — The near official end of summer means air travel chaos, and hopefully chaos, has calmed down this season.
America’s last big summer travel weekend ended on a relatively high note.
According to FlightAware’s Kathleen Bangs, this is due to a number of factors, one of which is mostly excellent weather across the United States.
“But we also give airlines credit for ramping up staff over the summer,” said Bangs, a former airline pilot and FlightAware spokesperson.
The smooth performance came on a weekend when the number of passengers screened at U.S. Transportation Security Administration checkpoints surpassed 2019 passenger numbers on a holiday weekend for the first time since the pandemic began.
Is the weekend a harbinger of lower-level chaos?
The end of September, especially the fall of October, is the best time for airlines, and “weather delays and cancellations should be minimized in the shoulder season that precedes winter,” Bangs said in an email. warned of possible hurricanes. It means “all bets are off”.
Expectations are high for smoother skies, but there’s no denying that summer air travel is disrupted in the United States and around the world.
So which airport ended up having the worst flight delay and cancellation rate this summer?
Below is the changing situation in the US and globally (based on FlightAware data from May 27th to September 5th).
Worst US airports for delays and cancellations this summer
More than a quarter of flights were delayed this summer at all US airports with the highest rate of late arrivals, with Chicago Midway recording nearly 38% of delays.
Airports in the New York area have also suffered from delays, with JFK and Newark in the top 10, along with Florida’s Orlando International Airport. Airlines have had operational struggles, with New York and Florida frequently cited by airline executives as locations affected by air traffic controller staffing issues.
Here are the US airports with the highest flight delay rates:
1. Chicago Midway International Airport: 37.7%
2. Baltimore/Washington International Airport: 32.5%
3rd Orlando International Airport: 32.2%
4. John F. Kennedy International Airport: 31%
5. Harry Reed International Airport (Las Vegas): 31%
6. Newark Liberty International Airport: 30.4%
7. Dallas Love Field Airport: 29.1%
8. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: 28.3%
9. Denver International Airport: 27.5%
10. Charlotte Douglas International Airport: 27.2%
New York-area airports also had high cancellation rates this summer, with Newark and LaGuardia leading, with almost 7% of flights canceled during the summer travel season from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
Here are the US airports with the highest percentage of canceled flights:
1. Newark Liberty International Airport: 6.7%
2. LaGuardia Airport: 6.7%
3. Reagan National Airport: 4.8%
4. Raleigh-Durham International Airport: 3.7%
5. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport: 3.5%
6. Pittsburgh International Airport: 3.4%
7. Boston Logal International Airport: 3%
8. John Glenn Columbus International Airport: 3%
9. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport: 2.9%
10. Indianapolis International Airport: 2.9%
Passengers at Toronto Pearson International Airport on July 22, 2022. More than half of all arrivals were delayed at the airport this summer.
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Worst airport in the world for delays and cancellations this summer
Looking more broadly at airports around the world, Canada has seen significant delays this summer. At the two largest airports, Toronto Pearson and Montreal-Trudeau, about half of the arrivals were delayed. More than a third of his flights at Vancouver Airport were also delayed.
Air Canada rolled out a policy allowing airport and itinerary changes this summer to address “longer-than-usual delays”, particularly at Toronto Pearson Airport.
European travel hubs such as Frankfurt, London and Paris also suffered from delays from late May to early September.
Here are the airports with the highest flight delay rates worldwide:
1st place Toronto Pearson International Airport: 51.9%
2. Montreal-Trudeau International Airport: 47.8%
3. Frankfurt International Airport: 44.5%
4. Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon): 43%
5. London Gatwick Airport: 42%
6. Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport: 41.6%
7. Munich International Airport: 40.1%
8. Manchester Airport: 39%
9. Athens International Airport: 38.5%
10. Vancouver International Airport: 37.8%
The majority of flight cancellations this summer have occurred in China.
Ongoing travel restrictions and snap lockdowns have severely hampered travel to China, and strict Covid containment policies have barred the country from most international travel since the pandemic began.
Still, Newark and LaGuardia ranked 9th and 10th on the global list of cancellations.
Here are the airports with the highest percentage of canceled flights worldwide:
1st place Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China): 29.8%
2. Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (China): 15.6%
3rd place Beijing Capital International Airport (China): 14.7%
4th Nanjing Lukou International Airport (China): 14.4%
5. Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (China): 9.5%
6. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (China): 9.1%
7. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Indonesia): 8.3%
8. Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (China): 8.2%
9. Newark Liberty International Airport (USA): 6.7%
10. LaGuardia Airport (USA): 6.7%
Above Image: Travelers queue to enter a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ, July 1, 2022. (Gina Moon/Getty Images)