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Most chronically delayed flights in America

  • Most chronically delayed flights in America

    Some of the craziest times to fly in the U.S. are during the holiday season. In 2017, a record-smashing 28.5 million passengers took to the nation’s skies for Thanksgiving alone. This increased air traffic can make a stressful holiday season even more hectic, as everything from snowy weather to congested airways can lead to delayed flights and leave travelers scrambling to make changes to holiday plans.

    Though delays can strike on any occasion, there are some recurring flights frequent fliers should avoid if they want to take off on time. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ “Airline On-Time Data” tracks which flights were canceled or otherwise didn’t leave on schedule. Stacker combed through the data from March to August 2018, looking for flights that were chronically delayed at least three out of six months and ranked them by percentage of flights that didn’t arrive on time. This percentage includes flights that were diverted or canceled, but the average delay also included on each slide doesn’t take into account these flights.

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  • #50. Spirit 159 (EWR-MCO)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to Orlando (MCO)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 53.16%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 79
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 42
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 157 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

  • #49. JetBlue 1511 (EWR-RSW)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to Fort Meyers (RSW)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 53.33%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 75
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 40
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 99 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

  • #48. JetBlue 2579 (BOS-EWR)

    Flight cities: Boston, Logan (BOS) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 53.76%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 93
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 50
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 110 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

  • #47. ExpressJet 4273 (MKE-EWR)

    Flight cities: Milwaukee (MKE) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 53.97%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 63
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 34
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 121 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

  • #46. Republic 3612 (XNA-EWR)

    Flight cities: Fayetteville (XNA) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 54.02%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 87
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 47
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 103 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

  • #45. JetBlue 1190 (MCO-JFK)

    Flight cities: Orlando (MCO) to New York, John F. Kennedy (JFK)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 54.22%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 83
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 45
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 111 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

  • #44. Envoy 4093 (CMH-LGA)

    Flight cities: Columbus (CMH) to New York, LaGuardia (LGA)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 54.43%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 79
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 43
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 91 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

  • #43. Spirit 496 (MCO-EWR)

    Flight cities: Orlando (MCO) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 54.65%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 86
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 47
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 96 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

  • #42. Alaska 1195 (EWR-SFO)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to San Francisco (SFO)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 55.0%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 80
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 44
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 91 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

  • #41. Republic 3501 (DTW-EWR)

    Flight cities: Detroit (DTW) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 55.95%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 84
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 47
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 101 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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