United777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 832 times:
I was just watching the news and they did a report about the most delayed airports and Newark International Airport came in first place with San Francisco International Airport in Second and Chicago O'hare in third place.
The report said that these airports had the most delayed flights with up to 15 minutes delays.
I think it is because these are hub airports. Newark has Continental Airlines and San Francisco has United Airlines and Chicago has American and United as it's hubs.
A1ex From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 831 times:
Check out Heathrow (LHR). Being one of the largest airports in the World, chances are that your plane will be delayed to take off for about 10mins... or even longer... I have heard of a 30mins delay.
Still, I prefer BIG BUSY airports to small and empty regional ones. Heh, I remember when I was small, in our little town of 10000 ppl population, we had an airport which rather would've gone as a bus stop :). The only scheduled flight was from another bigger city, on either AN-2 or Let-410 - depending on the number of passengers gathered for the flight (just like on a coach station as well).
Virgin Atlantic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 831 times:
A1ex I would not say that Heathrow is that bad I have never been delayed that much there.
In Chicago we landed 30 minutes early and sat on the taxi way for 40 till the gat became free. Then departing we were about 1 hour late.
Going into Newark. We were 1 hour late (we left LHR on time) and we departed 3 hours after we should have. LAX and SNA or pretty good I think?
Mirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (15 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 831 times:
First of all, I don't think 15 minutes is a big delay. Delay is considered after 15 minutes.
But the interesting part of this is that Newark (EWR) had 31,924 delayed flights, or about 6.9% of its
total traffic for 1998. Well, here in FAO, about 30% of total traffic were delayed last year.
Welcome to charter aviation (and to sunny Algarve)
AvroRJ From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 831 times:
SFO is my home base, and I can vouch for it being one of the most delayed US airports. In order for SFO to function as scheduled, all 4 runways must be in use. However, due to the configuration of the runways, whenever there is low visibility (which is quite often) the airport shuts down to 2 runways, and in extreme cases, 1. The result is horrible: UA shuttle flights become a mess. Delays of up to 4 hours on flights to LAX, for example, are commonplace.
On one occasion, on a busy Sunday UA was so backed up on LAX flights that they found an old 747 at SFO to cram in all delayed LAX-bound passengers. Quite unusual.
There are plans at SFO to build new runways, but this involves building more landfill onto the bay (the only place to expand) and this has environmentalists worried. Interestingly enough, at OAK and SJC, the other main Bay Area airports, delays are not nearly as common, due to less traffic and better runway configuration.