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America's Best & Worst Airports 2009

America's Best and Worst Airports 2009

Chuck Mason / Alamy

10 Worst
Atlanta (ATL) #8 (tie)

Flights Delayed: 22%

Busy Atlanta is improving its on-time performance, moving up 3 percentage points from 2008 and a full 8 from 2007.

Time to Avoid: 11 p.m.–12 a.m.



America's Best and Worst Airports 2009
America's Best and Worst Airports 2009

Jeff Greenberg / Alamy

10 Worst
Washington, D.C. (IAD) #8 (tie)

Flights Delayed: 22%

Dulles was a newcomer to this list in 2008, and since then the airport’s improved 5 percentage points. Just a little more and it could avoid being named to this list next year.

Time to Avoid: 7–8 p.m.



America's Best and Worst Airports 2009
America's Best and Worst Airports 2009

Dbimages / Alamy

10 Worst
San Francisco (SFO) #7

Flights Delayed: 23%

San Fran improved its flight delays by 3 percentage points from 2008, but that wasn’t enough to move the needle much on its ranking; it’s up just one spot.

Time to Avoid: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.



America's Best and Worst Airports 2009
America's Best and Worst Airports 2009

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10 Worst
New York (JFK) #4 (tie)

Flights Delayed: 24%

JFK keeps getting better: 35% of flights were delayed in 2007 and 26% in 2008. Unfortunately, the overall upward trend keeps this airport high on the worst list.

Time to Avoid: 9–10 p.m.



America's Best and Worst Airports 2009
America's Best and Worst Airports 2009

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters / Corbis

10 Worst
New York (LGA) #4 (tie)

Flights Delayed: 24%

Say what you want about LaGuardia, but the airport’s working on its flight delays, which are down 4 percentage points over 2008.

Time to Avoid: 9–10 p.m.



America's Best and Worst Airports 2009
America's Best and Worst Airports 2009

Courtesy of DFW

10 Worst
Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) #4 (tie)

Flights Delayed: 24%

Dallas retains its #4 ranking despite making a very bold move, decreasing flight delays by 6 percentage points.

Time to Avoid: 11 p.m.–12 a.m.



America's Best and Worst Airports 2009
America's Best and Worst Airports 2009

Thierry Grun – Aero / Alamy

10 Worst
Miami (MIA) #3

Flights Delayed: 26%

Miami holds steady in the #3 spot despite upping its game and decreasing flight delays by 5 percentage points over 2008.

Time to Avoid: 9–10 p.m.



America's Best and Worst Airports 2009
America's Best and Worst Airports 2009

Mira / Alamy

10 Worst
Chicago (ORD) #2

Flights Delayed: 27%

Chicago decreased its flight delays by a whopping 8 percentage points this year—the biggest mover on both the best and worst lists. And while it lost the dubious distinction of being the #1 worst airport, the improvement only dropped it to #2.

Time to Avoid: 8–9 p.m.



America's Best and Worst Airports 2009
America's Best and Worst Airports 2009

Gary Hershorn / Reuters / Corbis

10 Worst
Newark (EWR) #1

Flights Delayed: 30%

It’s a sad tale: Newark improved on its flight delays by 3 percentage points over 2008, but still takes the title as the #1 worst airport for delays.

Time to Avoid: 9–10 p.m.



America's Best and Worst Airports 2009
America's Best and Worst Airports 2009

iStock

10 Best
Orlando (MCO) #9 (tie)

Flights Delayed: 18%

Orlando was one of two newcomers to the top 10 airports this year. We’re sure Mickey approves.

Time to Avoid: 9–10 p.m.



America's Best and Worst Airports 2009

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