By Chris Morris
April 15, 2015

Most road warriors likely weren’t too surprised when Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport recently retained its title of world’s busiest airport. With over 96 million people making their way through the facility’s terminals last year (a 1.9% increase), it’s a hub that’s hard to miss.

No other U.S. airport comes close (Los Angeles was the world’s fifth busiest – and nation’s second busiest- with more than 25.5 million fewer passengers). But any seasoned traveler will tell you it’s not the crowds that matter most when you’re on the road, it’s the threat of delays.

The Airports Council International – which put out the preliminary passenger traffic data – ranks airports in a variety of different ways. Passenger count gets the most headlines, but it also ranks them in terms of total number of take-offs and landings. (Chicago topped this list, narrowly beating Atlanta.)


These are the airports you’re most likely to connect through when you’re on the road. So we wondered: How likely is your travel to be disrupted as you go through these waypoints?

Using data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, we were able to get a better idea.

The numbers, which reflect delayed and canceled flights in 2014, are subject to the usual vagaries of air travel. Weather is often a factor – especially given an airport’s geographic location – and can change from year to year. And airline equipment issues are a wildcard as well. That said, travelers may still want to prepare for some extra time at certain airports.


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