These Are The Best Airports To Get Stuck In This Holiday Season

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When it comes to airports in the United States, there are definite winners and losers. Some offer amazing places to eat and flights that are almost always on time, while others have tons of delays and one Hudson News where you can grab an overpriced bag of Chex Mix to ride out that 8-hour layover.

Orbitz recently created a list of the best and worst airports in the United States to get stuck in this holiday season. While you certainly don’t want to get stuck anywhere, if you have to book a flight with a layover, why not consider one of these airports?

I was personally excited to see Las Vegas ranked as #3. I started intentionally routing my flights through there a few years ago, just because the idea of getting stuck in Vegas, with tons of cheap hotel options and amazing food (and gambling in the airport), sounded like a win:

1. Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Flights Leaving On Time: 84.93%

# of Canceled Flights: 1.22%

# of Shopping Outlets: 221

# of Dining Outlets: 100

2. Seattle - Tacoma International Airport

Flights Leaving On Time: 82.19%

# Canceled Flights: .61%

# of Shopping Outlets: 37

# of Dining Outlets: 42

3. McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas

Flights Leaving On Time: 81.47%

# Canceled Flights: .74%

# of Shopping Outlets: 52

# of Dining Outlets: 104

4. O’Hare International Airport, Chicago

Flights Leaving On Time:79.91%

# Canceled Flights: 1.92%

# of Shopping Outlets: 79

# of Dining Outlets: 133

5. San Francisco International Airport

Flights Leaving On Time: 73.61%

# Canceled Flights: 1.41%

# of Shopping Outlets: 70

# of Dining Outlets: 66

6. John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City

Flights Leaving On Time: 75.76%

# Canceled Flights: 2.84%

# of Shopping Outlets: 37

# of Dining Outlets: 148

7. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Flights Leaving On Time: 82.41%

# Canceled Flights: 1.54%

# of Shopping Outlets: 64

# of Dining Outlets: 72

8. Denver International Airport

Flights Leaving On Time: 83.88%

# Canceled Flights: .66%

# of Shopping Outlets: 52

# of Dining Outlets: 73

9. Orlando International Airport

Flights Leaving On Time: 78.19%

# Canceled Flights: 2.07%

# of Shopping Outlets: 74

# of Dining Outlets: 67

10. Los Angeles International Airport

Flights Leaving On Time: 80.51%

# Canceled Flights: .91%

# of Shopping Outlets: 16

# of Dining Outlets: 105

11. Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport

Flights Leaving On Time: 81.17%

# Canceled Flights: .82%

# of Shopping Outlets: 49

# of Dining Outlets: 62

12. Miami International Airport

Flights Leaving On Time: 80.06%

# Canceled Flights: 2.54%

# of Shopping Outlets: 70

# of Dining Outlets: 65

13. George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston

Flights Leaving On Time: 83.22%

# Canceled Flights: 2.96%

# of Shopping Outlets: 112

# of Dining Outlets: 25

14. Newark Liberty International Airport

Flights Leaving On Time: 68.41%

# Canceled Flights: 3.11%

# of Shopping Outlets: 17

# of Dining Outlets: 22

15. Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Flights Leaving On Time: 83.01

# Canceled Flights: 1.84%

# of Shopping Outlets: 36

# of Dining Outlets: 49

All that said, your mileage may vary. I know personally almost every flight I take out of JFK is delayed, as well as San Francisco (where I live) depending on the time of day, thanks to our fog.

Still, if you’re booking that holiday trip and are trying to decide from two different layovers, picking one of these is probably a good bet.

And if you do get stuck, Orbitz also laid out what to do at each airport.


Comments

    The best airports to get stuck in? No such thing.
    Business or pleasure, you think I want to be spending any more time with the people I'm sharing a flying fart bus with?
    Duty free is a place I go when I want to mess around with stuff I'm thinking of purchasing cheaper elsewhere.

    Stats are handy :)
    May help with future flight plans.
    Food and drink is generally pretty good these days. No complaints there. :P

    In the US ... should have been in the title.

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