Flying this holiday season? Get ready for some stress as it is a crazy time of year to fly. According to AAA predictions, a record-setting 112.5 million Americans will travel during the December holiday season (which is defined as Thursday, December 20, through Sunday, January 6 by the airlines.) This is up 4.4% from last year.
However, how your airport experience goes can vary depending on which airport you fly in and out of as some are way more stressful than others.
Researchers at InsureMyTrip did the hard work and found out which airports in the U.S. may give you a mental breakdown the fastest. Here is what they found:
- LaGuardia Airport, New York
- Norfolk International, Virginia
- Charleston AFB/International, South Carolina
- Greater Rochester International, New York
- Philadelphia International, Pennsylvania
- Newark Liberty International, New Jersey
- Theodore Francis Green State, Rhode Island
- Ronald Reagan Washington National, Washington, DC
- Buffalo Niagara International, New York
- John F. Kennedy International, New York
LaGuardia taking the top slot is not terribly surprising (ask any New Yorker who regularly flies in and out of there and they will write you a short novel on all the things wrong with that airport.) LGA reports the highest percentage of canceled flights (4.9%) so far this year, which doesn’t help.
If you are traveling this holiday season keep in mind that flights scheduled for departure between 4-6 pm are more susceptible to delays and cancellations. If a flight is canceled, most airlines will rebook travelers on the next available flight at no additional charge. However, airlines are not required to reimburse travelers for losses incurred as a result of a canceled flight.
As for the worst days to fly, December 26, is predicted to be the busiest while Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are expected to be the lightest travel days, according to AAA.
For the rest of the most stressful airports check out the full list here.