I’m fortunate to have an amazing newsletter subscriber base (sign up for free here) because they’re constantly sending over travel tips and travel news stories. Most of them, I’ve already read or written about, but not always.

One story that multiple readers have sent me over the last few hours is a story on CNN about the top 10 world airports for delays this summer. The data was compiled using FlightAware.com from May 26 to July 19.

If you’ve been following the travel news or flying a lot this summer, then most of these rankings probably won’t surprise you.

Below are the top 10 world airports for delays this summer with percentages of flights delayed: 

  1. Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada): 52.5%
  2. Frankfurt Airport (Germany): 45.4%
  3. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (France): 43.2%
  4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands): 41.5%
  5. London Gatwick Airport (United Kingdom): 41.1%
  6. Heathrow Airport (United Kingdom): 40.5%
  7. Munich Airport (Germany): 40.4%
  8. Athens International Airport (Greece): 37.9%
  9. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Australia): 34.2%
  10. Orlando International Airport (United States): 33.4%

As you can see, surprisingly, only one U.S. airport made the list, Orlando (MCO), which came in at number 10. But at the top of the list was Toronto’s Pearson (YYZ) which I flew in and out of a couple of times this summer and had no problems, and we even checked bags.

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In both of those stories, I recommend not checking a bag because that’s what’s creating a lot of the chaos. However, if you must check a bag then follow this advice:

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It’s really hit or miss out there but I’m actually surprised some other airports didn’t make the list like… any one or all of New York’s (EWR, JFK or LGA) or Chicago’s ORD or Montreal (YUL) or Dublin (DUB) just to name a few.

Then I scrolled further down the article and saw that the above list was just for delays and the list below is for cancelations. So Here are the top 10 world airports for cancellations this summer with percentages of flights canceled:

  1. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (China): 7.9%
  2. Newark Liberty International Airport (US): 7.4%
  3. LaGuardia Airport (US): 7%
  4. Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada): 6.5%
  5. Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (Indonesia): 6.2%
  6. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Australia): 5.9%
  7. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (China): 5.2%
  8. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (US): 5%
  9. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (China): 4.6%
  10. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands): 3.9%

It’s not surprising three Chinese airports made the list with all of their lockdowns and it’s also not surprising to see two New York airports in there.

Are there any airports that you’re surprised didn’t make the list? Leave a comment below and share any of your experiences (good and bad).


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