Houston is most on-time airport in U.S.; New York is tops in delays

By | July 5th, 2009

houstonIf you flew into Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport last month, chances are your plane was on time, according to the latest numbers released by FlightStats.com. Nearly 9 out of 10 flights pulled up to the gate within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival.

The tardiest major airport in the country? New York’s LaGuardia airport, where just over half of the flights were considered on-time.

Here’s the breakdown:

On time

1. Tokyo Haneda (HND) – 93.68 percent
2. Houston (IAH) – 88.64 percent
3. Amsterdam Schipol (AMS) – 87.93 percent
4. Seoul (ICN) – 86.28 percent
5. Kuala Lampur (KUL) – 85.983 percent

Not on time

1. Istanbul, TR (IST) – 57.34 percent
2. New York (LGA) – 58.04 percent
3. Boston (BOS) – 60.33 percent
4. Guangzhou (CAN) – 62.69 percent
5. London (STN) – 63.21 percent
6. Newark (EWR) – 63.92 percent

Might be nice if the government actually did something about the embarrassment that New York’s airports have become, but the idea of auctioning slots was vetoed by the powerful airline lobby, and a site promising taxpayers that gridlock would be fought by our government has quietly been unplugged.


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