Airports From Hell

Worst Airports for Thanksgiving Travel

From Chicago to Los Angeles, these are the lousiest places for getting flights off the tarmac, especially on Turkey Day.

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If you’re one of the 25 million Americans who will head to the airport next week in honor of Thanksgiving, The Daily Beast combed through reams of statistics to prep you for the journey ahead.

For the fourth year in a row, we turned to the Airports Council International to figure out the top 50 busiest North American airports. We then compared the percentage of arrival and departure flights delayed at each airport for the current year-to-date (as of Nov. 19th), and for the most recent Thanksgiving holiday. Each of the four data points was weighted equally. 

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1. San Francisco (SFO)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 26.6%

Departures delayed, 2013: 22.3%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 26%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 29%

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2. Chicago (MDW)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 20.2%

Departures delayed, 2013: 30.7%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 18%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 18%

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3. Newark (EWR)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 27.6%

Departures delayed, 2013: 25.3%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 15%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 14%

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4. Chicago (ORD)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 23.4%

Departures delayed, 2013: 27.2%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 15%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 14%

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5. Houston (HOU)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 19.1%

Departures delayed, 2013: 25.3%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 16%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 16%

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6. Nashville (BNA)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 21%

Departures delayed, 2013: 20.8%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 13%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 16%

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7(tie). Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 24%

Departures delayed, 2013: 21.6%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 13%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 13%

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7(tie). Denver (DEN)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 21.3%

Departures delayed, 2013: 25.8%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 13%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 13%

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9. Los Angeles (LAX)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 18.9%

Departures delayed, 2013: 17.9%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 17%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 17%

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10. St. Louis (STL)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 19.3%

Departures delayed, 2013: 21.2%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 13%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 17%

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11. Austin (AUS)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 21.9%

Departures delayed, 2013: 17.9%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 11%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 17%

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12. San Diego (SAN)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 18.9%

Departures delayed, 2013: 16.9%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 20%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 17%

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13. New York (JFK)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 24.3%

Departures delayed, 2013: 22.1%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 12%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 12%

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14. Las Vegas (LAS)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 17.7%

Departures delayed, 2013: 21.3%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 14%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 15%

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15. Baltimore (BWI)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 19.1%

Departures delayed, 2013: 24.3%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 13%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 13%

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16. Miami (MIA)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 18.1%

Departures delayed, 2013: 19.8%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 15%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 14%

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17. Milwaukee (MKE)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 20.9%

Departures delayed, 2013: 18.5%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 11%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 15%

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18. Kansas City (MCI)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 21.6%

Departures delayed, 2013: 17.6%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 9%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 17%

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19. Washington, D.C. (IAD)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 20.8%

Departures delayed, 2013: 21.5%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 12%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 12%

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20. Oakland, CA (OAK)


Arrivals delayed, 2013: 16.6%

Departures delayed, 2013: 17.1%

Arrivals delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 16%

Departures delayed, Thanksgiving 2012: 16%