With 70,000 people already missing flights on American Airlines in 2016 due to extraordinarily long TSA waits, finding ways to alleviate the pain of summer travel is a top priority. Milecards.com released its summer 2016 airport delay report, revealing the most miserable airports for your summer travels.
The pain of summer travel is real. Even though winter storms are seen as a huge source of delays, more delays occur in June than any other month, with only 75.4 percent of flights arrive on time.
According to the report, which includes travel data from the nation's 50 largest airports from 2010 to 2015, Newark Liberty International and San Francisco International are the airports least likely to have a flight arrive on time. New York's LaGuardia and JFK airports are the airports where you're likely to wait the longest on the tarmac. And Los Angeles's LAX and Chicago's O'Hare will take you the longest to get to the gate in the first place.
Through a combination of those three factors — on-time arrivals, the wait time between leaving the gate and taking off, and the wait time from landing to parking at the gate — Milecards.com has created a cumulative misery score that ranks the country's top 50 airports from most to least miserable (probably important that no airport is not miserable, but is the least miserable instead).
And the most miserable airport is... Newark Liberty International.
Coming in tied for second were LaGuardia, JFK, and O'Hare. Mineta San Jose International and Portland International rank as the nation's least miserable hubs.
It's good information to have — and it's broken down further in the infographic below — but not many people are planning their trips based on what airport is the easiest to travel to, so it might not change a whole lot for most travelers. However, if you are in the market for a vacation with a not-very-frustrating airport, Portland is beautiful this time of year.