City Travel Statistics

Most major cities around the world have air travel with a few being renowned for having the most often delayed flights. Usually these cities are not destinations for family friendly vacations but rather are hub cities where travelers arrive only to catch connecting flights to such locations.

The world’s worst city for delays is Brasilia International Airport with only 27 percent of all flights taking off within 15 minutes of their scheduled times. Another city with more delayed flights than those departing on time is also in Brazil – Sao Paolo Guarhulos and Congonhas International Airports had only 41 percent and 43 percent of all flights leave on time. Arrival times are even worse for Sao Paolo’s flights with only 54 percent and 59 percent of the flights at the city’s airports arriving at their scheduled times. In India, Delhi and Mumbai have more delayed arrivals than those on time. In the U.S., New York City’s three airports were all guilty of having many delayed flights. At LaGuardia, 58 percent of the flights arrived on time, and at Newark International, only 58 percent were on time. John F. Kennedy International Airport was almost as bad, with over 40 percent of its flights arriving after their scheduled time.

City Travel StatsLondon has more airports than any city in the world, with Heathrow Airport, known as the busiest international airport in the world because of its frequent flights from London to all major international cities. Other international airports located in London are Gatwick, Stansted, London City Airport, and Luton Airport. New York City has the second biggest airport system in the world after London. The main airports here are JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Los Angeles has two international airports, including Los Angeles International Airport and Ontario International Airport, but it has five other fairly large domestic airports.

Atlanta, Georgia has the international airport with more passenger traffic than any other airport in the world. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport serves over 88 million passengers per year. This airport is a hub for Delta Air Lines, AirTran Airways, and GeorgiaSkies, so many passengers take connecting flights at this airport. Delta Airlines flew around 56 percent of its passengers from the airport. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has almost 200 domestic and international gates. Other major hubs in the U.S. are Dallas/Fort Worth, the hub for American Airlines, and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the hub for Continental Airlines.

Other airports around the world that serve as hubs are IndiGo Airlines, which uses Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport, Japan Airlines, which uses Narita International and Haneda Airports, and Hong Kong Express Airways, which which uses Hong Kong International Airport. In Africa, Royal Air Maroc uses Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, and South African Airways has hubs at Johannesburg, Tambo International Airport, and Cape Town International Airport. In Europe, Aeroflot uses Moscow-Sheremetyevo International Airport as a hub, and Air France has hubs in Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport, and Orly Airport. British air is buzzing with planes as well with England’s largest carrier British Airways using London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport as its hubs. In Germany, Lufthansa uses Frankfurt International Airport, Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airtport, and Dusseldorf International Airport as its hubs.

Among the airlines that have Caribbean hubs are Air Turks and Caicos, which uses Providenciales International Airport as its hub, and Cayman Airways, which uses Owen Roberts International Airport and Gerrard Smith International Airport as its hubs. Travel to Australia on Tiger Airways uses Adelaide Airport and Melbourne Airport as its hubs. Elsewhere in Oceania Air New Zealand uses Auckland Airport for its hub. South America’s Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras uses Viracopos-Campinas International Airport as its hub. There are many more hubs around the world that passengers use to connect to their destinations in other cities.