If 2021 Trends Continue, These US Airports Would See the Largest Summertime Increases in Arrivals

Amy Stewart

If summer 2021 trends continue, you might want to get travel insurance if you’ve got a layover in the Florida destinations on the top 10 list.

All three Florida airports that experienced the biggest jump in summer arrivals — Destin-Fort Walton, Northwest Florida Beaches and Pensacola — ranked highest for delays among the top 10, averaging 30% for flights delayed at least 15 minutes. Breaking that down:

  • Destin-Fort Walton Beach: 32% of flights last June, July and August had delays (tied for eighth among the 100 airports examined)
  • Northwest Florida Beaches: 29% of flights had delays (tied for 21st)
  • Pensacola: 27% of flights had delays (tied for 36th)

Hawaii, on the other hand, may be the best destination to fly into this summer. All three Hawaii airports on the top 10 list had the lowest percentage of flights with delays during summer 2021. Combined, their average delays (15%) were half that of the Florida airports listed above. Here’s a further breakdown:

  • Lihui: 12% of flights had delays (100th among the 100 airports examined)
  • Daniel K. Inouye: 14% of flights had delays (tied for 98th)
  • Kahului: 19% of flights had delays (tied for 90th)

Myrtle Beach, S.C. — which saw the biggest jump in popularity last summer — was middle of the road among delays. It ranked fourth among the top 10 and tied for 50th overall for average delays over the summer (26% of its arriving flights).

Using the same list of 100 airports, here’s a look at where they ranked (from worst to best) by their average percentage of flights delayed by at least 15 minutes last June, July and August:

Airports where summertime delays were more common in 2021

1 St. Pete-Clearwater International 45%
2 Punta Gorda 44%
3 Orlando Sanford International 43%
4 Phoenix-Mesa Gateway 40%
5 El Paso International 34%
6 Dallas Love Field 33%
6 Luis Muñoz Marín International 33%
8 Colorado Springs 32%
8 Tulsa International 32%
8 Destin-Fort Walton Beach 32%
8 Albuquerque International Sunport 32%
8 Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International 32%

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