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LaGuardia Airport Officially Worst in Overall Delays

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | August 21, 2015

LaGuardia Airport Officially Worst in Overall Delays

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New York's LaGuardia Airport suffers from the most flight delays of any major airport in the U.S., the New York Post reported. 

While LaGuardia has routinely ranked poorly in terms of overall delays, this is the first time it has finished last.

Just over two-thirds (68 percent) of total departing and arriving flights at LaGuardia reported no delays through June 30, with fewer than 66 percent arriving on time and only 70 percent taking off on schedule, per the Post. What's more, Federal Bureau of Transportation statistics obtained by the Post show that on-time departure and arrival performance have declined by approximately three percent compared to 2014.

Although the latest data is unlikely to make LaGuardia a hit with air travelers, it remains to be seen what impact the decline in on-time performance will have on overall passenger traffic at the airport. 

"Nothing matters more to passengers than on-time flights," Global Gateway Alliance chairman Joe Sitt told the Post.

By comparison, flights at nearby major airports John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport are operating on-time at a rate of 74 percent and 73 percent respectively.

The struggles at LaGuardia come amid efforts from Delta Air Lines and others to lift the decades-old perimeter rule at the airport. The rule bans flights of more than 1,500 miles to or from LaGuardia with the exception of Saturdays and flights to Denver, Colorado.

The rule was put into effect in 1984 in hopes of reducing congestion at LaGuardia as well as in the skies above New York. 

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