The Best (And Worst) Airports For Late Travelers


While we all know that it’s recommended to get to the airport between two and three hours before a flight due to security lines, there are still plenty of people who just don’t give themselves enough time. Now there are some airports where you’ll still make your flight if you arrive late, but there are plenty of others where you’ll have no shot, and now a new report reveals which ones they are.

  • A report by Finance Buzz has revealed the 10 worst airports for late travelers.
  • The site looked at the nations 45 busiest airports, factoring in things like TSA wait times, on-time departure percentage, estimated terminal square footage and more.
  • The report reveals that Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey, where the average TSA wait time is 33.53 minutes, is the absolute worst for late travelers,
  • Wait times of 15 minutes or less occur only 3.57% of the time at Newark Liberty. 

Top Ten Worst Airports for Late Travelers

  1. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  2. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  3. Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  4. Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  5. Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  6. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  7. Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  8. Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  9. Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)
  10. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

On the other hand, there are some airports where you’ll still have a shot at making your flight even if you arrive late, with Hobby Airport in Houston, with average TSA wait times of only 13.46 minutes, topping the list.

Ten Best Airports for Late Travelers

  1. Hobby Airport (HOU)
  2. Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
  3. Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
  4. San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
  5. Nashville International Airport (BNA)
  6. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
  7. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  8. Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  9. Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  10. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

Source:Finance Buzz