Flying for Christmas? These airports get you there with fewest delays
Posted December 3, 2016
Updated June 12
Half the battle of ensuring a good holiday is simply getting to your destination. Because Christmas is one of the most popular holidays for travel, people trying to fly home or elsewhere often run into all sorts of delays and complications.
Even as airlines tweak the timing of thousands of flights and add redeyes, one delay in schedule or period of bad weather can derail millions of passengers' plans. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Holiday travel times, the number of long-distance trips increases during the Christmas/New Year's holiday period by 23 percent.
To help you better prepare for the chaos of holiday travels, Graphiq, a travel data site by WanderBat, determined the best airports to fly into on Christmas. To separate the best from the pack, the WanderBat team considered all flights that arrived Christmas Eve and Christmas Day every year between 2010 and 2015.
They then complied a ranking of airports with the least delays during that time. Each airport is ordered by the percent of all flights during this two-day time span that had an arrival delay of 15 minutes or more. Airports needed at least 200 flights (on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) over the six-year period to be considered, so smaller airports were ruled out. About 19.64 percent of planes at the average airport are delayed -- all of the airports listed have a lower percentage of delayed flights.