Worst U.S. airports for flight delays

Congress reacted swiftly when furloughs of FAA air traffic controllers caused a surge in flight delays. But even without the cutbacks, travelers at these airports feel lucky when they depart on time.

.  George Bush Intercontinental (Houston)

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  • % of on-time departures: 77.2%
  • % of on-time arrivals: 80%

George Bush Intercontinental is a major gateway to Latin America. Domestically, it serves one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation. With a population of more than 6 million people, the Houston metro area has exploded in recent years.

That has ratcheted up pressure to handle larger passenger loads. Bush is now one of the 10 busiest airports in America and that may be squeezing efficiency: The airport's on-time departure rate fell nearly five percentage points year-over-year in 2012.

Source: United States Department of Transportation's Ranking of Major Airport On-Time Departure Performance January 1-December 31, 2012.
  @CNNMoney - Last updated May 02 2013 10:37 AM ET

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