Chicago Airports Among Nation’s Worst

November 23, 2011

This week is considered one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, and Chicago’s airports are considered some of the worst in the country.

In fact, a new survey ranks O’Hare International Airport as the worst in the nation, with Midway Airport not too far behind.

The Daily Beast has released its annual “Worst Airports in America” survey with O’Hare as No. 1 on the list. Midway International Airport is seventh.

The group considered the 50 largest airports in the nation and then ranked them based on data points from the Bureau of Transportation, Flight Explorer and the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 North American Airport Satisfaction Study.

Thirty airports made the final worst list.

O’Hare got the top spot by owning the worst on-time performance, with only 67.6 percent of arrivals and 70.3 percent of departures on time this year.

Other O’Hare statistics:

Average arrival delay: 18.8 minutes

Average departure delay: 17.1 minutes

On-time holiday departures: 72.1%

Average security wait time: 9 minutes

The survey also ranked O’Hare’s amenities at fourth worst in the country. Overall, our airport got a score of 639 out of 1,000.

Midway’s on-time performances were almost as bad, with only 70.2 percent of departures taking off on time. Its arrival performance was a little better at 74.4 percent.

Other Midway statistics:

Average arrival delay: 14.2 minutes

Average departure delay: 16.3 minutes

On-time holiday departures: 76.4%

Average security wait time: 7 minutes

Add to it its middle-of-the-road amenities, and Midway International Airport received a score of 684 out of 1000.

And, if you are flying American out of O’Hare or Southwest out of Midway, you could be in for double trouble.

The Daily Beast also ranked the top 13 “America’s Flakiest Airlines” with American Airlines at No. 1 and Midway’s Southwest at No. 12.

This list ranked the airlines with the fewest on-time arrivals and departures.

Our advice? Expect delays this Thanksgiving weekend, and just be thankful you are going somewhere in the first place.

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