America’s Best and Worst Airports 2008

Worst Airports

By Jeff Bailey, Travel+Leisure

DO You Agree! Tell me what you think!

#10 (tie) Chicago Midway (MDW)

Flights delayed: 25%

An improved Midway cut 3% of its delays over last year. A similar jump next year and it may disappear from this list.

#10 (tie) Atlanta (ATL)

Flights delayed: 25%

Atlanta also improved its performance, jumping 5 percentage points from 2007.

#8 (tie) New York John F. Kennedy (JFK)

Flights delayed: 26%

The list’s biggest success story! JFK was tied for worst airport in 2007, but this year improved by a full 9%.

#8 (tie) San Francisco (SFO)

Flights delayed: 26%

SFO is one of the newcomers this year—let’s hope it was an anomaly.

#6 Washington Dulles (IAD)

Flights delayed: 27%

Dulles is another newcomer to the list in 2008.

#5 New York LaGuardia (LGA)

Flights delayed: 28%

LaGuardia improved its delays by 1 percentage point, but they still ranked in the worst 5, (down from #8 in 2007).

#4 Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW)

Flights delayed: 30%

Dallas had only a slight increase in delays this year, but that 1 percentage point bumped them into the top 5.

#3 Miami (MIA)

Percentage of flights delayed: 31%

What happened?! The drop from 28% in 2007 meant the airport’s ranking jumped to the top 3—not a good place to be.

#2 Newark (EWR)

Flights delayed: 33%

Newark Airport was #3 last year, but even though there was a decrease in delays, it inched closer to the top spot.

#1 Chicago O’Hare (ORD)

Flights delayed: 35%

O’Hare won the dubious distinction of worst airport for delays in 2007, and things aren’t any better—even the percentage of delays has remained the same.

I think I agree with O’hare as being the worst airport in the US. But I definately don’t agree that ATLANTA should be in the top 10! Atlanta for being such a large airport is very easy to get around in. Basically its just a straight line with intersections in it that can easily be reached by tram. Delays we ok, but they are located in the heat of the south so in summer time, storms come up all the time. But all in all ATLANTA is a pretty decent airport.

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2 Responses

  1. I vote for Miami being the worst. It’s not just the flight delays, the Jetports always break down so that even if your flight arrives early, you can’t get off the plane!

  2. LOL so true Catherine and then some of the stuff you can see there from the international flights! Like coming in form the Islands very interesting. Very good Cuban coffee though 🙂

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