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Most U.S. flight delays go through Newark Airport

Consumer Reports News: August 08, 2011 12:53 PM

Even though it's only the 14th busiest airport in the U.S., 40 of the 100 most-delayed flights go through Newark Liberty International airport, according to data compiled for the Wall Street Journal by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Newark tops the list, but delays are hitting passengers at airports across the country. At 76.6 percent, on-time arrivals are at the lowest they have been in three years. Last year at this time, that figure was 79.8 percent. Flight cancellations are also up over last year.

The two most delayed flights in the country belong to Delta, and both fly from Newark into Atlanta during peak rush hour. With an average delay of 1 hour and 23 minutes, flight 2743 is late 60 percent of the time. And with an average wait of 1 hour and 19 minutes, Flight 2843 is delayed half of the time.

Southwest Airlines can now boast the most domestic flights, but it also landed third on the most delayed list, right behind the two Delta flights. That particular Southwest flight is the Dallas to Kansas City route, which is delayed, on average, by more than an hour, 47 percent of the time.

Despite those delays, Southwest Airlines topped our recent list of Best Airlines, which was based on almost 15,000 survey responses about the overall flight experience at major U.S. carriers. JetBlue and Alaska Airlines came in second and third, respectively. U.S. Airways was the worst Rated airline out of the list of 10. Subscribers can see the full list in our Best and worst airlines article from the June issue of Consumer Reports.

The One Airport to Avoid Is ... [Wall Street Journal]

Maggie Shader

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