New York’s LaGuardia ranks first among airports with the highest cancellation rate over the holidays.
What’s more maddening for an air traveler than a canceled flight? Perhaps finding out that you’re booked into an airport that’s more likely to leave you stranded during the holiday blitz.
LaGuardia is the worst, with nearly 5 percent of its flights canceled this year. Washington’s Reagan National Airport ranked eighth, with a cancellation rate of nearly 4 percent.
The rankings were put together by InsureMyTrip.com. The travel insurance company used data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to analyze the flight cancellation rates at different airports to see which are most likely to cause holiday stress.
Many of the airports are also among the busiest, so it’s little surprise they have a lot of cancellations. The insurance company noted that one-offs such as hurricanes also affected cancellation rates.
The rankings come when record numbers of people are flying. The airline industry and federal officials are predicting that nearly 46 million people will be heading home or somewhere else over the holiday season, an increase of 5 percent over last year.