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.

.  Chicago Midway International

chicago midway worst airports
  • % of on-time departures: 76%
  • % of on-time arrivals: 84.5%

It might take a while to fly out of Midway International, but its proximity to Chicago's famed downtown can make up for it. The airport is just a 20-minute cab ride from The Loop.

Even though Chicago is known for its extreme climate, weather played only a small role in frustrating travelers. More common were air carrier issues, which included problems with slow cleaning, fueling and baggage loading.

The good news for travelers is that they're likely to arrive in Chicago punctually. Midway's on-time arrival rate of 84.5% was the ninth best performance of 29 major airports, according to the Department of Transportation.

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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