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.

 

Airports with the worst delays and private aviation alternative airports:

 

Houston: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) – 19% of flights delayed

Top private aviation airports serving the Houston area:

  • Hobby Airport (HOU)
  • Sugar Land Regional Airport (SGR)
  • David Wayne Hooks Airport (DWH)
  • Houston Executive Airport (TME)
  • West Houston Airport (IWS)
  • Conroe-North Houston Airport (CXO)
  • Houston Southwest Airport (AXH)

 

Atlanta: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) – 19% of flights delayed

Top private aviation airports serving the Atlanta area:

  • Fulton County Airport (FTY)
  • Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK)
  • Atlanta Regional Airport (FCC)
  • McCollum Cobb County International Airport (RYY)

 

Denver: Denver International Airport (DEN) – 20% of flights delayed

Top private aviation airports serving the Denver area:

  • Centennial Airport (APA)
  • Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC)

 

Dallas: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – 22% of flights delayed

Top private aviation airports serving the Dallas Ft. Worth area:

  • Dallas Love Field (DAL)
  • Dallas Executive Airport (RBD)
  • Addison Airport (ADS)
  • Mesquite Metro Airport (HQZ)
  • Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (GPM)
  • Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY)
  • Terrell Municipal Airport (TRL)
  • Lancaster Regional Airport (LNC)
  • McKinney National Airport (TKI)
  • Denton Municipal Airport (DTO)
  • Fort Worth Spinks Airport (FWS)
  • Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW)
  • Fort Worth Meacham International (FTW)
  • Aero County Airport (T31)
  • Mid-way Regional Airport (JWY)

 

Charlotte: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CTL) – 22% of flights delayed

Top private aviation airports serving the Charlotte, North Carolina area:

  • Charlotte Monroe Executive Airport (EQY)

 

Chicago: O’Hare International Airport (ORD) – 23% of flights delayed

Top private aviation airports serving Chicago area:

  • Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • Chicago Executive Airport (PWK)
  • DuPage Airport (DPA)
  • Waukegan National Airport (UGN)
  • Gary Chicago International Airport (GYY)
  • Lansing Municipal (IGQ)
  • Schaumburg Regional (06C)
  • Lewis University Airport (LOT)

 

Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – 25% of flights delayed

Top private aviation airports serving the Los Angeles area:

  • Van Nuys Airport (VNY)
  • Bob Hope Airport (BUR)
  • Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO)
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB)
  • Los Angeles Ontario Airport (ONT)
  • Hawthorne Municipal Airport (HHR)
  • Zamperini Field (TOA)

 

San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – 28% of flights delayed

Top private aviation airports serving the San Francisco area:

  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • Concord Buchanan Field (CCR)
  • Hayward Executive Airport (HWD)
  • Livermore Municipal Airport (LVK)

New York: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – 28% of flights delayed

New Jersey: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – 30% of flights delayed

Top private aviation airports serving the New York City area:

  • Teterboro Airport (TEB)
  • Westchester County Airport (HPN)
  • Farmingdale Republic Airport (FRG)
  • MacArthur Airport (ISP)
  • Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU)

 

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.

About the Author Doug Gollan

I am Founder and Editor of Private Jet Card Comparisons, the only independent buyer's guide to jet card membership programs, and DG Amazing Experiences, a weekly luxury travel e-newsletter for private jet owners. I am also a contributor to Forbes.com