Eight Worst Airports for Holiday Flights

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With offerings that range from the most abysmal record for on-time flights to the worst amenities and longest security lines, these awful airports are the ones to avoid at all costs, especially during the holidays.


Worst Airport for On-Time Performance

This will come as no surprise to those who've had the misfortune of flying through Chicago Midway: According to the Department of Transportation's on-time performance statistics, only 64 percent of Midway flights departed on time in December of 2012—placing it at the bottom of the list of major U.S. airports. Other airports with notoriously tardy flights included Denver, San Francisco, Baltimore-Washington, Newark, and Chicago O'Hare (whose December 2012 track record was just 7 percent better than Midway's).

Before heading to the airport, check out FlightStats' airport delay map to find the probability that your departure will be disrupted by delays.

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