2012 Worst American Airports for Flight Delays

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Lets Fly Cheaper announces the 2012 worst airports in America for delays

For many frequent and not so frequent travels, the experience of a delay can easily ruin travel plans. For years now, airports have been struggling to keep up with the increasing demand of air travel. The airline growth in the U.S is at an all-time high. More and more domestic and international carriers are adding routes within the U.S. In addition to airport related delays, the air traffic control system is also bursting at the seams causing a system wide ripple effect. “Our air traffic control system is very antiquated. They are still using radar technology from the World War II era” says Lets Fly Cheaper Marketing Director, Sean Delanty. The FAA is currently working on a much needed the new generation of radar.

Many delays are unavoidable, such as weather and unexpected maintenance issues. Lets Fly Cheaper lists the worst airports for delays in 2012 based on departure and arrival data.

San Francisco has its share of problematic issues that ultimately lead to lengthy delays. Coming in at number one, San Francisco has the earliest start times for departing flights in order to stay ahead of the fog that settles in the bay in during the later morning hours causing the airport to have the worst visibility of all the airports polled. Experts suggest the earlier you can leave, the better off you’ll be.

Newark, New Jersey’s Liberty International finds itself in the number two spot. The airport lies within the world’s most congested and busiest airspace's. The airport shares the same airspace with LaGuardia and JFK. Newark is also a major hub for United Airlines. The main cause for delays at Newark can be blamed on an antiquated radar system that struggles to handle the sometimes, overwhelming volume of inbound and out bound flights. When bad weather is thrown into the mix, it can have a severe impact on flights worldwide.

The number three spot goes to Chicago’s Midway Airport. Experts used to say Midway was an alternative to Chicago’s larger airport, O’Hare, however over the past few years delays at Midway on the rise. Let Fly Cheaper recommends taking earlier flights before 8:00 am and avoiding later flights after 3:00pm.

Rounding out the top five is Miami International Airport and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Departing before 8:00am is the best option to avoid lengthy delays at either one of these busy airport. Below is the complete list.

1.    Newark, NJ – Liberty International Airport (EWR)
2.    San Francisco, Ca – San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
3.    Chicago, Ill – Midway International Airport (MDW)
4.    Miami, FL – Miami International Airport (MIA)
5.    Houston, TX – George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
6.    Chicago, Ill - O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
7.    Washington D.C – Dulles International Airport (IAD)
8.    Denver, CO – Denver International Airport
9.    Dallas, TX – Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
10.    Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)

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