New delay data on major U.S. airports shows how private jets are an important business tool when traveling to or from big cities, accessing alternative airports that serve business aviation flights.
New airport delay data from AirHelp shows that if you are coming or going to the big city and you absolutely have to be there and are traveling on a tight schedule, flying by commercial airlines is akin to playing Russian Roulette. The summary of the worst U.S. airport delays isn’t pretty. In the top 10, if you are traveling to or from Houston, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas and Chicago, plan on your flight being delayed about 20% of the time. Even worse, as each city is a major hub for airline connections, even if you were only planning to transit those airports, you are likely to arrive at your destination late, according to AirHelp.
If your travel plans include Los Angeles, your chances of being delayed increases to 25% and for New York and San Francisco, think about being delayed 30% of the time. If you have any businesses or business units that miss their forecasts 20% or 30% of the time, you would probably be looking for new leadership.
The good news is if you fly privately (see 5 Reasons Your Company Should Buy A Jet Card) you can avoid the crush by using private jet terminals – FBOs – and in most cases bypassing these big, delay-prone airports completely.
Houston: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) – 19% of flights delayed
Atlanta: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) – 19% of flights delayed
Denver: Denver International Airport (DEN) – 20% of flights delayed
Dallas: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – 22% of flights delayed
Charlotte: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CTL) – 22% of flights delayed
Chicago: O’Hare International Airport (ORD) – 23% of flights delayed
Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – 25% of flights delayed
San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – 28% of flights delayed
New York: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – 28% of flights delayed
New Jersey: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – 30% of flights delayed
Best of all, in addition to being less likely to be delayed, flying privately into these alternative airports may bring you closer to where you are actually going. And yet another benefit of flying privately is if the airport you are headed to is facing delays, you can often switch to a less congested alternative making sure you get there on-time to close the deal or make that big presentation.