These Airports Have the Most Flight Delays in the Nation

If you're flying out of one of these major U.S. cities, beware: You're probably going to be late to your destination.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport had the most delayed flights in 2018

A new study by AirHelp looks at the most problematic airports in the United States. 

Out of all the facilities across the nation, Chicago O'Hare International Airport had the most flight disruptions last year, followed by Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Atlanta Hartsfield-International Airport, according to the passenger rights group. In fact, each had more than 75,000 flights issues in 2018 alone! 

 Using its own flight data, AirHelp says these U.S. airports that had the most delayed or cancelled flights in 2018:

  1. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD): 115,900 disrupted flights;
  2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 75,600 disrupted flights;
  3. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL): 75,400 disrupted flights;
  4. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT): 61,700 disrupted flights;
  5. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): 61,300 disrupted flights;
  6. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 60,700 disrupted flights;
  7. Denver International Airport (DEN): 59,100 disrupted flights;
  8. San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 51,500 disrupted flights;
  9. New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): 50,800 disrupted flights; and
  10. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS): 50,100 disrupted flights.


According to the Federal Aviation Administration, O'Hare was also last year's busiest airport. A report released last month said the facility processed more than 903,000 total arrivals and departures throughout the year. Atlanta’s airport was second, with more than 895,000 arrivals and departures.

AirHelp said passengers might be eligible to receive up to $700 in compensation when their flights are delayed or canceled.