The Most Stressful airports in America

As we head into the busy holiday travel season we thought it would be helpful to look at ways to make your journey easier. Flight delays are not fun so if possible it’s good to avoid or at least be prepared for the most stressful airports in America.

Flight delays and cancellations happen for many reasons; maintenance problems, the late arrival on inbound aircraft, crew issues, airport back ups and especially weather. Looking at which airports usually suffer the most delays and then knowing what to do in case you are delayed or cancelled can go a long way in reducing holiday travel blues.

Dealing With Flight Delays

Each airline has its own flight delay policy for passengers waiting at the airport; there are no federal requirements. Travelers concerned about delays should be aware of the following: 

  • Generally, early departures are less likely to be delayed.
  • Book a non-stop flight (no stops).
  • When booking, ask the airline about the on-time performance percentage for an individual flight.
  • Closer to departure, check real-time airport data. This will provide timely information on weather concerns or air traffic delays.
  • Be aware of “creeping delays.” This is when an airline continues to push back a departure time it can sometimes be extended for hours or lead to a cancellation.
  • If a flight is delayed, try to learn the reason why to better gauge if the flight is in jeopardy of being canceled. Reasons for delays may include maintenance, fueling, crew issues, weather, previous flight with the same aircraft arrived late, causing the present flight to depart late, or security issues.
  • Some flights will be delayed on the tarmac before or after take-off. As a general rule, DOT prohibits flights to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours.

InsureMyTrip, a US based travel insurance company, ranked the flight cancellation rate per airport to determine which airports had the most cancellations year to date to determine the most stressful airports in America. Here’s the list.



1. LGA 

New York, NY: LaGuardia (Worst)

2. ORF 

Norfolk, VA: Norfolk International

3. CHS 

Charleston, SC: Charleston AFB/International

4. ROC 

Rochester, NY: Greater Rochester International

5. PHL 

Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia International

6. EWR  

Newark, NJ: Newark Liberty International

7. PVD  

Providence, RI: Theodore Francis Green State

8. DCA  

Washington, DC: Ronald Reagan Washington National

9. BUF 

Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Niagara International

10. JFK 

New York, NY: John F. Kennedy International

11. BOS 

Boston, MA: Logan International

12. BDL 

Hartford, CT: Bradley International

13. RDU 

Raleigh/Durham, NC: Raleigh-Durham International

14. RIC 

Richmond, VA: Richmond International

15. CLT 

Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Douglas International

16. MDW 

Chicago, IL: Chicago Midway International

17. BWI 

Baltimore, MD: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall

18. GRR 

Grand Rapids, MI: Gerald R. Ford International

19. ORD 

Chicago, IL: Chicago O’Hare International

20. CLE 

Cleveland, OH: Cleveland-Hopkins International

21. CMH 

Columbus, OH: John Glenn Columbus International

22. PIT 

Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh International

23. SDF 

Louisville, KY: Louisville International-Standiford Field

24. CVG 

Cincinnati, OH: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International

25. JAX  

Jacksonville, FL: Jacksonville International