Best (and Worst) Airports and Airlines To Fly This Memorial Day
Holidays can make flying extra stressful and expensive, but delayed flights make them even more so. We’ve based the following study on the Bureau of Transportation’s flight records for 10 airlines and 50 of the most-traveled airports from the past few years. So before you jet off somewhere for this Memorial Day weekend, check out our list of the best and worst airlines, airports, and days to travel for the occasion.
- Best airlines to fly: Hawaiian Airlines (9%), Alaska Airlines (11%), and Delta Air Lines (12%) had the fewest departure delays on Memorial Day weekend.
- Worst airlines to fly: Allegiant Air (22%), Frontier Airlines (21%), and JetBlue (20%) had the most departure delays on Memorial Day weekend.
- The best day to fly for Memorial Day:
- The Saturday before, with an average of 86% on-time flights.
- The worst day to fly for Memorial Day:
- The Monday before, with an average of 79% on-time flights.
- Over the last five years, there have been an average of 164,237 flights on Memorial Day weekend.
- On average, 82% of these flights departed on time, 15% were delayed, and roughly 2% were canceled.
- The airports with the most delayed departures during Memorial Day weekend are:
- Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International (SJU)
- Texas’s Dallas Love Field (DAL)
- Texas’s Houston Hobby (HOU)
- The airports with the fewest delayed departures during Memorial Day weekend are:
- Utah’s Salt Lake City International (SLC)
- Washington’s Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA)
- Chicago’s O’Hare International (ORD)/Honolulu International (HNL)
- 90% of Salt Lake City (SLC) Memorial Day weekend departures have been on time, while almost 20% of SJU departures have been delayed.
Price4Limo collected data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, on Memorial Day travel. When studying 10 different airlines, we averaged the Memorial Day weekend data from 2018 to 2022. When studying different airports, we looked at the 50 most-traveled airports and then averaged the Memorial Day weekend data from 2020 to 2022. The data for Memorial Day weekend includes data from the Monday before to the Wednesday after Memorial Day.
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