Good luck with these flights and these air­ports on Thanks­giv­ing Day

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - NEWS - By Pa­trick May

Ah, the joys of hol­i­day travel.

Flight de­lays, de­par­turelevel grid­lock, flight can­cel­la­tions, over­book­ings, gate changes.

The fun never ends. If you or your loved ones are among those piti­ful Amer­i­cans who plan to fly some­where this week for Thanks­giv­ing, it’s time to fas­ten your seat belt. Trav­el­ing in an and out of places like the San Fran­cisco Bay Area, Chicago, Mi­ami and, oh heck, just about any­where air­planes fly may make you wish the hol­i­day sea­son was al­ready in the rear-view mir­ror.

For­tu­nately, there are plenty of travel sites and avi­a­tion ex­perts who study this ghastly an­nual phe­nom­e­non of com­ing home for the hol­i­days and their find­ings can help guide the fly­ing pub­lic. Take this re­cent sur­vey by AirHelp, which bills it­self as be­ing the world’s lead­ing pas­sen­ger-rights spe­cial­ist and has helped mil­lions of trav­el­ers get com­pen­sa­tion for dis­rupted flights in 30 coun­tries. The scores they give to air­ports are based on fac­tors in­clud­ing on­time per­for­mance, qual­ity of the in-ter­mi­nal ser­vices, and even on in­ter­views they do with scores of trav­el­ers about eat­ing and shopping op­tions at var­i­ous air­ports. This year’s global win­ner was Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional Air­port, so if you’re head­ing to Qatar for Turkey Day, you’re in luck.

As AirHelp points out the ob­vi­ous on their web­site — “trav­el­ing can be frus­trat­ing be­cause of bad weather, over­book­ings, and de­lays” — here’s a snap­shot of what their most re­cent data shows about chal­leng­ing air­ports and routes within the United States:

Air­ports with the most dis­rup­tions

Chicago O’Hare In­ter­na­tional Air­port (ORD)

At­lanta Harts­field-Jack­son In­ter­na­tional Air­port (ATL)

San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SFO)

Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port (LAX)

Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port (EWR)

Dal­las Fort Worth In­ter­na­tional Air­port (DFW)

Bos­ton Lo­gan In­ter­na­tional Air­port (BOS)

Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port (DEN)

John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port (JFK)

Char­lotte Dou­glas In­ter­na­tional Air­port (CLT)

Most dis­rupted routes

San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SFO) to Seat­tle Ta­coma In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SEA)

Seat­tle-Ta­coma In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SEA) to San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SFO)

San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SFO) to Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port (EWR)

San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SF) to Chicago O’Hare In­ter­na­tional Air­port (ORD)

Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port (LAX) to San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SFO)

San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SFO) to Los

An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port (LAX)

Oak­land In­ter­na­tional Air­port (OAK) to Bur­bank Air­port (BUR)

Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port (EWR) to San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port (SFO)

Bur­bank Air­port (BUR) to Oak­land Air­port (OAK)

Nan­tucket Air­port (ACK) to Bos­ton Lo­gan In­ter­na­tional Air­port (BOS)

Also, AAA has been crunch­ing the data, along with trans­porta­tion an­a­lyt­ics com­pany INRIX, and they came up with a by-thenum­bers look at Thanks­giv­ing travel this year.

“Mil­lions of thank­ful Amer­i­cans are start­ing the hol­i­day sea­son off right with a Thanks­giv­ing get­away,” AAA vice pres­i­dent Paula Twidale said in a state­ment. “Strong eco­nomic fun­da­men­tals are mo­ti­vat­ing Amer­i­cans to ven­ture out this hol­i­day in near-record num­bers. Con­sumer spend­ing re­mains strong, thanks to in­creas­ing wages, dis­pos­able in­come and house­hold wealth, and travel re­mains one of their top pri­or­i­ties for the hol­i­day sea­son.”

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