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These U.S. airports lead the way in cancellations and delays

(CNN) — Summer air travel is a mess, and flight delays and cancellations show no signs of letting up.

US airlines have canceled more than 100,000 flights this year, including 30,000 since Memorial Day weekend, according to data from flight tracking site FlightAware.

The growing disruptions come as the number of air travelers soars in the pandemic era.

Flight cancellations in the United States are highest at airports in the New York area, while three Florida airports are in the top 10 for the most flight delays.

So who is to blame for this messy summer season? Depends on who you ask.

The short-staffed airlines say the federal government is also understaffed at air traffic control facilities.

“From an industry perspective in the United States, New York, Newark and Florida are really air traffic control challenges,” United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby told Richard Quest of CNN.

But the Federal Aviation Administration blames airline staffing problems as well as bad weather and heavy air traffic.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently told CNN he is seeing improvements, but he still expects airlines to do better.

“Look, we rely on airlines to deliver passengers and to be able to manage the tickets they sell,” Buttigieg said.

No matter how the chaos of summer air travel is explained, it’s the passengers who are caught in the middle.

US airports with the most summer cancellations

Newark Liberty International Airport was the No. 1 flight cancellation in the United States from May 28 to July 13.

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A FlightAware analysis for CNN shows that New York-area airports lead the nation in flight cancellations: Newark and LaGuardia are the No. 1 and 2 among US airports for flight cancellations.

Nearly 8% of flights from Newark have been canceled since May 28 and more than 7% of those from LaGuardia have been cancelled. New York’s other major airport, JFK, arrives at No. 9.

The data covers the period from May 28 to July 13.

Here are the US airports with the most summer cancellations with percentages of canceled flights:

1. Newark Liberty International Airport: 7.9%

2. LaGuardia Airport: 7.4%

3. Reagan National Airport: 5.4%

4. Raleigh-Durham International Airport: 4.3%

5. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport: 3.7%

6. Pittsburgh International Airport: 3.7%

7. Philadelphia International Airport: 3.6%

8. Boston Logan International Airport: 3.6%

9. John F. Kennedy International Airport: 3.5%

10. Charlotte Douglas International Airport: 3.4%

US airports with the most delays in summer

Orlando International Airport was second in terms of flight delays.

Orlando International Airport was second in terms of flight delays.

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FlightAware data also looks at summer delays.

Florida airports hold three of the top 10 spots for the most flight delays this summer.

A third of all Orlando fights were delayed, with more than a quarter of all Miami and Fort Lauderdale flights delayed.

But the #1 airport for delays is Chicago Midway.

New York airports are also struggling, with almost a third of flights delayed at Newark and JFK airports.

Of the top 10 US airports for summer delays, all had at least a quarter of flights delayed.

Here are the top 10 US airports for delays this summer with percentages of flights delayed:

1. Chicago Midway International Airport: 36%

2. Orlando International Airport: 33%

3. John F. Kennedy International Airport: 31.1%

4. Newark Liberty International Airport: 30%

5. Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport: 30%

6. Miami International Airport: 28.3%

7. Charlotte Douglas International Airport: 27.8%

8. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport: 27.2%

9. Denver International Airport: 27.2%

10. Harry Reid International Airport: 26.7%


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