Travel turbulence

San Antonio airport logs one of worst records for flight delays and cancellations

SA airport logs one of the worst records for delays and cancellations

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Holiday travelers could be in for a turbulent time. San Antonio International Airport/Facebook

If you’re planning to fly out of San Antonio International Airport over the holidays, buckle up. You could be in for a bumpy experience.

A new ranking from The Family Vacation Guide puts SAT at No. 9 among U.S. airports where you’re most likely to encounter flight delays or cancellations. The website’s review of federal data from July 2019 to July 2021 found 19.03 percent of flights at SAT were either delayed or canceled during the two-year period.

Elsewhere in Texas, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport ranked third (20.77 percent) for flight delays and cancellations. Only Newark Liberty International Airport (24.29 percent) and LaGuardia Airport (22.52 percent), both in the New York City area, fared worse than DFW in the ranking.

But it's not all bad news for Texas travelers. Despite the recent flight debacles involving Fort Worth-based American Airlines and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, the two carriers don’t land in the top five of The Family Vacation Guide’s ranking of the U.S. airlines with the most flight delays or cancellations.

Allegiant Air takes the top spot (27.31 percent), followed by JetBlue Airways (23.2 percent), Frontier Airlines (21.24 percent), Envoy Air (19.52 percent), and United Airlines (18.6 percent).

American ranks sixth (18.55 percent) and Southwest ranks eighth (16.97 percent).

Whether it’s airports or airlines, the flying public could feel increased turbulence over the holidays as air travel is expected to climb to pandemic-era highs. A recent survey by professional services firm PwC found 40 percent of Americans plan to travel by air during the holiday season.

“A spate of high-profile flight cancellations has put a spotlight on worker shortages at U.S. airlines, triggering warnings of new delays over the holiday period as airlines scramble for staff,” the Reuters news service reports in reference to the recent American and Southwest meltdowns.