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Most chronically delayed flights in America

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    Most chronically delayed flights in America

    Some of the craziest times to fly in the U.S. are during the holiday season. In 2017, a record-smashing 28.5 million passengers took to the nation’s skies for Thanksgiving alone. This increased air traffic can make a stressful holiday season even more hectic, as everything from snowy weather to congested airways can lead to delayed flights and leave travelers scrambling to make changes to holiday plans.

    Though delays can strike on any occasion, there are some recurring flights frequent fliers should avoid if they want to take off on time. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ “Airline On-Time Data” tracks which flights were canceled or otherwise didn’t leave on schedule. Stacker combed through the data from March to August 2018, looking for flights that were chronically delayed at least three out of six months and ranked them by percentage of flights that didn’t arrive on time. This percentage includes flights that were diverted or canceled, but the average delay also included on each slide doesn’t take into account these flights.

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    #50. Spirit 159 (EWR-MCO)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to Orlando (MCO)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 53.16%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 79
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 42
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 157 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #49. JetBlue 1511 (EWR-RSW)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to Fort Meyers (RSW)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 53.33%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 75
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 40
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 99 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #48. JetBlue 2579 (BOS-EWR)

    Flight cities: Boston, Logan (BOS) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 53.76%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 93
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 50
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 110 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #47. ExpressJet 4273 (MKE-EWR)

    Flight cities: Milwaukee (MKE) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 53.97%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 63
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 34
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 121 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #46. Republic 3612 (XNA-EWR)

    Flight cities: Fayetteville (XNA) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 54.02%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 87
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 47
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 103 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #45. JetBlue 1190 (MCO-JFK)

    Flight cities: Orlando (MCO) to New York, John F. Kennedy (JFK)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 54.22%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 83
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 45
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 111 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #44. Envoy 4093 (CMH-LGA)

    Flight cities: Columbus (CMH) to New York, LaGuardia (LGA)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 54.43%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 79
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 43
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 91 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #43. Spirit 496 (MCO-EWR)

    Flight cities: Orlando (MCO) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 54.65%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 86
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 47
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 96 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

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    #42. Alaska 1195 (EWR-SFO)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to San Francisco (SFO)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 55.0%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 80
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 44
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 91 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #41. Republic 3501 (DTW-EWR)

    Flight cities: Detroit (DTW) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 55.95%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 84
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 47
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 101 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #40. Spirit 983 (EWR-MCO)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to Orlando (MCO)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 56.36%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 55
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 31
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 86 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #39. American 1506 (MIA-EWR)

    Flight cities: Miami (MIA) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 56.52%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 92
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 52
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 107 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #38. JetBlue 698 (MCO-LGA)

    Flight cities: Orlando (MCO) to New York, LaGuardia (LGA)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 56.91%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 123
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 70
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 82 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

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    #37. ExpressJet 4413 (LEX-EWR)

    Flight cities: Lexington (LEX) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 57.33%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 75
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 43
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 134 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #36. United 1980 (MCO-EWR)

    Flight cities: Orlando (MCO) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 57.47%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 87
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 50
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 106 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #35. JetBlue 2080 (FLL-DCA)

    Flight cities: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) to Washington, Ronald Reagan (DCA)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 57.61%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 92
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 53
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 108 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #34. United 2047 (BOS-EWR)

    Flight cities: Boston, Logan (BOS) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 57.69%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 78
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 45
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 86 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #33. ExpressJet 4443 (CMH-EWR)

    Flight cities: Columbus (CMH) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 58.06%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 93
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 54
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 104 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #32. PSA 5378 (CMH-LGA)

    Flight cities: Columbus (CMH) to New York, LaGuardia (LGA)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 58.23%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 79
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 46
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 86 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #31. United 1141 (PBI-EWR)

    Flight cities: West Palm Beach (PBI) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 58.33%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 84
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 49
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 111 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #30. JetBlue 1106 (ORD-JFK)

    Flight cities: Chicago, O'Hare (ORD) to New York, John F. Kennedy (JFK)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 58.70%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 92
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 54
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 129 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #29. Spirit 524 (FLL-EWR)

    Flight cities: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 58.73%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 63
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 37
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 89 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #28. Frontier 1713 (RDU-MCO)

    Flight cities: Raleigh (RDU) to Orlando (MCO)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 58.97%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 39
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 23
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 109 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #27. JetBlue 1028 (MCO-EWR)

    Flight cities: Orlando (MCO) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 59.02%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 122
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 72
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 99 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

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    #26. Spirit 792 (MYR-EWR)

    Flight cities: Myrtle Beach (MYR) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 59.18%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 98
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 58
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 112 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

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    #25. JetBlue 706 (FLL-EWR)

    Flight cities: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 59.84%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 122
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 73
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 86 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

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    #24. United 244 (AVL-EWR)

    Flight cities: Asheville (AVL) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 60.26%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 78
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 47
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 152 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #23. JetBlue 828 (MCO-EWR)

    Flight cities: Orlando (MCO) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 60.33%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 184
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 111
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 110 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 6

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    #22. United 1972 (IAD-EWR)

    Flight cities: Washington, Dulles (IAD) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 60.47%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 86
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 52
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 113 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #21. United 337 (BNA-EWR)

    Flight cities: Nashville (BNA) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 60.56%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 71
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 43
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 104 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #20. JetBlue 543 (EWR-PBI)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to West Palm Beach (PBI)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 60.78%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 153
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 93
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 117 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 5

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    #19. JetBlue 1944 (PBI-EWR)

    Flight cities: West Palm Beach (PBI) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 61.33%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 75
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 46
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 87 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #18. JetBlue 128 (MCO-EWR)

    Flight cities: Orlando (MCO) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 61.39%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 101
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 62
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 101 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

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    #17. JetBlue 2074 (TPA-EWR)

    Flight cities: Tampa (TPA) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 62.30%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 183
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 114
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 93 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 6

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    #16. JetBlue 1152 (MCO-BOS)

    Flight cities: Orlando (MCO) to Boston, Logan (BOS)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 62.50%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 72
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 45
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 104 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #15. Frontier 1775 (TTN-MCO)

    Flight cities: Trenton (TTN) to Orlando (MCO)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 62.60%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 123
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 77
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 129 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

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    #14. JetBlue 2227 (EWR-MCO)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to Orlando (MCO)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 62.63%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 99
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 62
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 111 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

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    #13. JetBlue 2889 (EWR-SJU)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 62.64%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 91
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 57
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 106 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #12. JetBlue 127 (EWR-MCO)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to Orlando (MCO)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 62.86%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 140
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 88
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 101 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 5

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    #11. ExpressJet 4118 (CAK-EWR)

    Flight cities: Akron (CAK) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 63.55%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 107
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 68
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 132 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

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    #10. JetBlue 2680 (EWR-BOS)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to Boston, Logan (BOS)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 63.86%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 83
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 53
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 91 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

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    #9. United 1425 (BOS-EWR)

    Flight cities: Boston, Logan (BOS) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 64.10%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 78
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 50
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 112 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #8. United 1801 (CLT-EWR)

    Flight cities: Charlotte/Douglas (CLT) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 64.86%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 74
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 48
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 120 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #7. JetBlue 705 (EWR-FLL)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 65.22%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 92
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 60
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 112 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #6. JetBlue 1905 (EWR-FLL)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 65.43%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 81
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 53
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 130 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #5. United 601 (TPA-EWR)

    Flight cities: Tampa (TPA) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 66.67%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 81
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 54
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 143 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #4. SkyWest 3070 (EWR-ORD)

    Flight cities: Newark (EWR) to Chicago, O'Hare (ORD)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 67.21%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 61
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 41
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 122 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #3. SkyWest 3070 (ORD-EWR)

    Flight cities: Chicago, O'Hare (ORD) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 67.74%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 62
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 42
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 85 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #2. Spirit 140 (MCO-EWR)

    Flight cities: Orlando (MCO) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 68.35%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 79
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 54
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 147 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 3

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    #1. JetBlue 2679 (BOS-EWR)

    Flight cities: Boston, Logan (BOS) to Newark (EWR)
    Percent of flight operations not arriving on time: 68.67%
    Number of operations January-August (minimum of 10): 83
    Number of operations not arriving on time: 57
    Average delay (30+ min. late flights only): 92 min.
    Months chronically delayed (March-August 2018): 4

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