WARWICK, R.I., Feb. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to help empower passengers to make more informed decisions when booking flights, InsureMyTrip Research reveals which of the country's busiest airports are more prone to flight cancellations and what passengers should know about airline cancellation policies.
New York's LaGuardia reports the highest percentage of canceled flights in 2017. Winter Storm Stella was a contributing factor, causing the number of grounded flights to soar last March.
For the first time in five years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) reports more flight cancellations than Chicago O'Hare International (ORD). December's power outage at ATL contributed to the spike. Data analysts predicted this outcome.
Despite the rise in canceled flights for Atlanta, the airport was average, in terms of percentages — with 1.49 percent of scheduled departures calling it quits.
Bad weather is the top reason for flight delays and cancellations.
Overall, flight delays are far more common than canceled flights.
The list shows the airports with the biggest percentages of flights canceled in 2017.
New York, NY: LaGuardia
Houston, TX: George Bush Intercontinental/Houston
Fort Lauderdale, FL: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Newark, NJ: Newark Liberty International
New York, NY: John F. Kennedy International
Boston, MA: Logan International
Washington, DC: Ronald Reagan Washington National
Orlando, FL: Orlando International
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco International
Baltimore, MD: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall
Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia International
Atlanta, GA: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Chicago, IL: Chicago Midway International
Chicago, IL: Chicago O'Hare International
San Diego, CA: San Diego International
Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Douglas International
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX: Dallas/Fort Worth International
Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles International
Detroit, MI: Detroit Metro Wayne County
Las Vegas, NV: McCarran International
Denver, CO: Denver International
Seattle, WA: Seattle/Tacoma International
Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis-St Paul International
Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Sky Harbor International
Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City International
Data Source: The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) tracks the on-time performance of domestic flights operated by large air carriers.
Airline Cancellation Policies Flight cancellation policies vary by airline and circumstance. When an airline cancels a flight, most will try to rebook passengers on the next available flight.
Airlines are not required to reimburse travelers for losses incurred as a result of a canceled flight. These losses may include such as a prepaid, non-refundable:
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