America's Best and Worst Airports for Flight Delays

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Flight delays are on the rise at airports across the nation. Learn where you’re most likely to get stuck at the gate—and how to boost your odds of taking off on time.

Worst: No. 3 Denver International Airport (DEN)

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Flights Delayed: 27.9%

A 4.6 percent surge in delays moved DIA from fifth place on last year’s naughty list to third this year. Leave by lunchtime to avoid a Rocky Mountain meltdown: starting at 2 p.m., nearly a third of flights depart later than planned, a figure that only gets worse as the day wears on.

Best Time Window: Before 9 a.m.

Worst Time Window: 8–10 p.m.

America's Best and Worst Airports for Flight Delays

Worst: No. 3 Denver International Airport (DEN)

Flights Delayed: 27.9%

A 4.6 percent surge in delays moved DIA from fifth place on last year’s naughty list to third this year. Leave by lunchtime to avoid a Rocky Mountain meltdown: starting at 2 p.m., nearly a third of flights depart later than planned, a figure that only gets worse as the day wears on.

Best Time Window: Before 9 a.m.

Worst Time Window: 8–10 p.m.

© Aurora Photos / Alamy
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