SLC Airport Ranks No 1 – again

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A new study reveals Salt Lake City International (SLC) remains one of the best airports in the country when it comes to on-time performance. Researchers at InsureMyTrip evaluated the latest data — released this week — from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The data included newly updated information on cancellations for all US airports last year. 

InsureMyTrip calculated all the cancellation percentages and published an updated ranking. SLC ranked the best, with the lowest percentage of canceled flights (less than .5%) for all of 2018. New York’s LaGuardia had the worst track record, winter storms a factor, forcing many flights to call it quits last winter.

Looking ahead, InsureMyTrip predicts the grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets will inflate cancellation rates for many airports nationwide once those 2019 percentages are calculated. 

(Source: InsureMyTrip, news @

Travel Report: US Airports Prone to Flight Cancellations in 2018

Rank CodeAirport
1 (Most)LGANew York, NY: LaGuardia
2ORFNorfolk, VA: Norfolk International
3CHSCharleston, SC: Charleston AFB/International
4ROCRochester, NY: Greater Rochester International
5PHLPhiladelphia, PA: Philadelphia International
6EWRNewark, NJ: Newark Liberty International
7PVDProvidence, RI: Theodore Francis Green 
8DCAWashington, DC: Ronald Reagan Washington National
9RICRichmond, VA: Richmond International
10RDURaleigh/Durham, NC: Raleigh-Durham International
11BUFBuffalo, NY: Buffalo Niagara International
12CLTCharlotte, NC: Charlotte Douglas International
13JFKNew York, NY: John F. Kennedy International
14BOSBoston, MA: Logan International
15BDLHartford, CT: Bradley International
16MDWChicago, IL: Chicago Midway International
17GRRGrand Rapids, MI: Gerald R. Ford International
18ORDChicago, IL: Chicago O’Hare International
19BWIBaltimore, MD: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall
20CLECleveland, OH: Cleveland-Hopkins International
21CMHColumbus, OH: John Glenn Columbus International
22PITPittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh International
23SDFLouisville, KY: Louisville International-Standiford Field
24CVGCincinnati, OH: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
25DFWDallas/Fort Worth, TX: Dallas/Fort Worth International
26BHMBirmingham, AL: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
27JAXJacksonville, FL: Jacksonville International
28PBIWest Palm Beach/Palm Beach, FL: Palm Beach International
29MKEMilwaukee, WI: General Mitchell International
30INDIndianapolis, IN: Indianapolis International
31MEMMemphis, TN: Memphis International
32BURBurbank, CA: Bob Hope
33IADWashington, DC: Washington Dulles International
34BNANashville, TN: Nashville International
35HOUHouston, TX: William P Hobby
36STLSt. Louis, MO: St Louis Lambert International
37OMAOmaha, NE: Eppley Airfield
38MCIKansas City, MO: Kansas City International
39DALDallas, TX: Dallas Love Field
40SFOSan Francisco, CA: San Francisco International
41RSWFort Myers, FL: Southwest Florida International
42OKCOklahoma City, OK: Will Rogers World
43MSYNew Orleans, LA: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International
44ANCAnchorage, AK: Ted Stevens Anchorage International
45OAKOakland, CA: Metropolitan Oakland International
46TPATampa, FL: Tampa International
47MCOOrlando, FL: Orlando International
48MIAMiami, FL: Miami International
49MSPMinneapolis, MN: Minneapolis-St Paul International
50FLLFort Lauderdale, FL: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
51DTWDetroit, MI: Detroit Metro Wayne County
52IAHHouston, TX: George Bush Intercontinental/Houston
53AUSAustin, TX: Austin – Bergstrom International
54ABQAlbuquerque, NM: Albuquerque International Sunport
55SATSan Antonio, TX: San Antonio International
56SANSan Diego, CA: San Diego International
57SJUSan Juan, PR: Luis Munoz Marin International
58SJCSan Jose, CA: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International
59LAXLos Angeles, CA: Los Angeles International
60HNLHonolulu, HI: Daniel K Inouye International
61TUSTucson, AZ: Tucson International
62GEGSpokane, WA: Spokane International
63DENDenver, CO: Denver International
64ONTOntario, CA: Ontario International
65PHXPhoenix, AZ: Phoenix Sky Harbor International
66LASLas Vegas, NV: McCarran International
67SNASanta Ana, CA: John Wayne Airport-Orange County
68SEASeattle, WA: Seattle/Tacoma International
69RNOReno, NV: Reno/Tahoe International
70ATLAtlanta, GA: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
71PDXPortland, OR: Portland International
72SMFSacramento, CA: Sacramento International
73OGGKahului, HI: Kahului Airport
74BOIBoise, ID: Boise Air Terminal
75 (Least)SLCSalt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City International

Data Source: InsureMyTrip Research and The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the entity that tracks the on-time performance of domestic flights operated by large air carriers.  

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.