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The Top 10 Projected Worst and Best US Airports for Flight Disruptions This Summer

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

It’s summer and time to travel and relax, explore and have fun! Summer travel is great but if you are dreading the crowded airport experience, you’re right to be anxious. Now that the pandemic is over it is anticipated that more than 24 million Americans will depart from US airports during the July 4 holiday period alone, nearly double the amount projected for the same period in 2022. One way to help is to know how US airports are projected to rank on flight disruptions as you chose your destination.


To help deal with potential airport disruptions and crowds try to schedule the first flight in the morning, choose a direct flight to avoid connecting delays and fly on Tuesday or Wednesday to avoid crowds and be kind, when you’re at the airport and things go wrong don’t scream at the person at the counter because there’s nothing they can do for you. Try to be patient.


Here are the projected top 10 airports you should try to avoid this summer:

1. Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) Las Vegas

2. Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Houston

3. Denver International Airport (DEN) Denver

4. Honolulu International Airport (HNL) Honolulu

5. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) San Francisco

6. Orlando International Airport (MCO) Orlando

7. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) Fort Lauderdale, Florida

8. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Dallas

9. Dallas Love Field (DAL) Dallas

10. Baltimore/Wash International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) Baltimore


Here are the projected top 10 airports you should try to use this summer:

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Minneapolis

2. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) Detroit

3. New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) New York City

4. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Philadelphia

5. Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) Arlington, Virginia

6. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) Salt Lake City

7. Portland International Airport (PDX) Portland, Oregon

8. Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) Raleigh, North Carolina

9. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) Alexandria, Virginia

10. O’Hare International Airport (ORD) Chicago




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