Flight delays and cancellations mixed with overpacked airports have made our first “real” summer since the pandemic a headache. According to FlightAware, over 130,000 flights in the U.S. have been canceled so far this year. This is a significant increase from 122,000 canceled flights in all of 2021. 

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Chaotic airports around the world

The U.S. isn’t the only country experiencing chaotic airports this summer. London’s Heathrow airport has been making headlines all season. The airport has experienced thousands of canceled flights, losing traveler’s luggage, and extremely long lines. Heathrow recently announced that only 100,000 passengers can depart per day through the airport until the end of October.


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The European continent has seven of the worst airports in the world for flight delays this summer. 

Toronto Pearson International Airport has 52.5% of its flights experiencing delays this summer. Air Canada now allows their passengers passing through Toronto Pearson to change their flights for free as a result of the long delays. 

Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuardia Airport are two New York City-based airports with about 7% of their flights being canceled. 

According to data from FlightAware, these airports experienced the most delays and cancellations from May 26th to July 19th:

Airports with the most delayed flights

  1. Toronto Pearson International Airport – Canada, 52.5%
  2. Frankfurt Airport – Germany, 45.4%
  3. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – France, 43.2%
  4. Amsterdam Airport Schipol – Netherlands, 41.5%
  5. Gatwick Airport – the United Kingdom, 41.1%
  6. Heathrow Airport – the United Kingdom, 40.5%
  7. Munich International Airport – Germany, 40.4%
  8. Athens International Airport – Greece, 37.9%
  9. Sydney Airport – Australia, 34.2%
  10. Orlando International Airport – the United States, 33.4%

Airports with the most canceled flights

  1. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport – China, 7.9%
  2. Newark Liberty International Airport – the United States, 7.4%
  3. LaGuardia Airport – the United States, 7%
  4. Toronto Pearson International Airport – Canada, 6.5%
  5. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport – Indonesia, 6.2%
  6. Sydney Airport – Australia, 5.9%
  7. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport – China, 5.2%
  8. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – the United States, 5%
  9. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport – China, 4.6%
  10. Amsterdam Airport Schipol – Netherlands, 3.9%

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