As Winter Storm Riley pummels the Northeast this weekend, thousands of travelers are reminded of the frustration that is a canceled flight. While weather-related cancellations are unavoidable, some airports experience significantly more flight delays and cancellations than others.
In an effort to empower passengers to make more informed decisions when booking flights, travel insurance company InsureMyTrip researched which of the country's busiest airports are more prone to flight cancellations and what passengers should know about airline cancellation policies. Its analysis revealed that New York's LaGuardia Airport had the highest percentage of cancellations in 2017, followed by Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Fort Lauderdale's Hollywood International Airport, Newark's Liberty International Airport, and New York's John F.
Most of the cancellations were due to inclement weather, namely Winter Storm Stella, which grounded countless flights in the New York City area last March. InsureMyTrip adds that while flight cancellation policies vary by airline and circumstance, the airline should try to rebook passengers on the next available flight. With that said, "Airlines are not required to reimburse travelers for losses incurred as a result of a canceled flight," such as a hotel room, an all-inclusive vacation or resort, a cruise, a tour or safari, or the cost of concert/sporting event tickets.