Nothing can ruin a spring break vacation faster than a travel disruption at the airport.

According to travel platform Hopper’s Spring Break Travel Outlook 2024, half of all travelers with spring break plans are “concerned” about disruptions impacting their travel plans.

According to the report, there were an above-average number of disruptions last year. During spring break, 20.1% of flights were delayed, compared to 18.4% in all of 2023.

For a smooth trip, aGamble analyzed flight departure data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics to see which airports experienced the most disruptions in March and April 2023 – the usual spring break season. Disruptions included delays, cancellations and diversions.

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“With spring break officially underway, airports are expected to be busy in the coming weeks and travelers may experience flight disruptions depending on their departure location,” Collin Czarnecki, a researcher for aGamble, told USA TODAY in an email -mail.

“It is perhaps not surprising that the majority of the airports with the most flight disruptions are in spring break hotspots such as Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Las Vegas and Miami,” Czarnecki said. On the other hand, the airports with the best on-time departures during spring break last year were Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh and Portland International Airport in Oregon.

Czarnecki also added that the second and third weeks of March will be the busiest at security checkpoints, so make sure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time.

The Worst Airports for Spring Break Travel

  1. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International in Florida – 34.87% of flights delayed, 4.63% canceled
  2. Harry Reid International in Las Vegas – 31.44% of flights delayed, 1.47% cancelled
  3. Orlando International in Orlando, Florida – 31.06% of flights delayed, 1.52% canceled
  4. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall in Baltimore – 31.26% of flights delayed, 1.22% canceled
  5. Chicago Midway International – 29.04% of flights delayed, 1.32% canceled
  6. Miami International – 29.22% of flights delayed, 0.88% canceled
  7. Newark Liberty International in Newark, New Jersey – 25.81% of flights delayed, 2.53% canceled
  8. Dallas-Forth Worth International – 25.11% of flights delayed, 2.49% canceled
  9. Denver International – 26.51% of flights delayed, 1.04% canceled
  10. John F. Kennedy International in New York – 25.06% of flights delayed, 2.23% canceled

The best airports for spring break travel

  1. Pittsburgh International – 83.8% on-time flights
  2. Portland International – 83.2% on-time flights
  3. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International – 82.2% on-time flights
  4. Washington Dulles International in Virginia – 82% on-time flights
  5. Ronald Reagan Washington National in Arlington, Virginia – 81.9% on-time flights
  6. Minneapolis-St. Paul International – 81.8% on-time flights
  7. Indianapolis International – 81.7% on-time flights
  8. Seattle/Tacoma International – 81.6% on-time flights
  9. Cleveland-Hopkins International in Ohio – 81.3% on-time flights
  10. Philadelphia International – 80.9% on-time flights

Kathleen Wong is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Hawaii. You can reach her at

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