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A new report from researchers at travel insurance marketplace InsureMyTrip.com claims that Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport is more prone to flight cancellations than almost any other American airport. In fact, IAH ranked second only to New York's LaGuardia when it came to the percentage of flights canceled in 2017—that would be 2.73 percent or 3,529 flights out of 129,271 flights. Bad weather is cited as the main reason for delays and canceled flights.

And with bad weather in mind,  Bill Begley, the public information officer at the Houston Airport System, tells us that the report fails to give  a full scope of why IAH had so many closures —  approximately 2,604 cancellations came between August 26 and September 5, 2017, when the airport was essentially shut down because of Hurricane Harvey. That would mean that only 925 flights were cancelled out of nearly 130,000 scheduled for Bush Airport in 2017 under, you know, non-hurricane conditions.

Here's how the cancellation-prone airports stack up, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Rank

Airport

Total flights

Canceled

Percentage

1

New York, NY: LaGuardia

93,326

3018

3.23

2

Houston, TX: George Bush Intercontinental/Houston

129,271

3529

2.73

3

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International

90,078

2429

2.7

4

Newark, NJ: Newark Liberty International

115,968

2982

2.57

5

New York, NY: John F. Kennedy International

94,454

2076

2.2

6

Boston, MA: Logan International

125,456

2665

2.12

7

Washington, DC: Ronald Reagan Washington National

74,408

1488

2

8

Orlando, FL: Orlando International

131,998

2606

1.97

9

San Francisco, CA: San Francisco International

174,631

3299

1.89

10

Baltimore, MD: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall

174,631

3299

 

Here's a little bit of good news though: The report also reveals that delays are far more common than cancellations, so you'll have plenty of time to chill out in that new United hub, eating wood fired pizza, and shopping for Kiehl's—or, more likely, tweeting your disdain for all humanity while awaiting your flight.

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