America's Worst Airport Is...

... Newark International Airport, take a bow
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2011 10:41 AM CDT
Updated Aug 7, 2011 12:18 PM CDT
Newark International Airport the Least Punctual in America
Passengers are seen at Newark airport in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

If you need to get somewhere on time, try not to fly through Newark. The Newark International Airport “has been the worst of the worst,” the Wall Street Journal reports, with a whopping 40 of America’s 100 most-delayed flights taking off or landing there, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Transportation. That includes the top-two most-delayed flights, both of which are Delta flights to Atlanta that depart around rush hour.

“It's a systematic issue with Newark in the afternoon and evening,” says Delta’s managing director, saying it’s suffering from problems once confined to JFK and La Guardia in New York. United Airlines, which handles about 75% of Newark’s traffic through Continental Airlines, agrees, saying the data “reinforces the need to … modernize the nation’s antiquated air traffic control system.” Incidentally, this isn't the first time Newark's been declared America's worst airport. (More Newark airport stories.)

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