Best and worst airports for winter travel

Katia Hetter, CNNPublished 11th November 2014
(CNN) — Another winter, another season of flight delays? Maybe not, if you pick the right airport for your flight.
As snow has started falling in some parts of the country, it turns out that some airports do better at getting you to your destination on time than others -- even within the same regions.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the most likely to have delays during the winter months, with 42% of flights delayed, according to Hopper Research's analysis of the nation's 20 most popular airports during winter. (Hopper counts December through March as winter months.)
Honolulu International Airport is the best at getting to you and from the Aloha State, with just 14% of its flights delayed.
Bad winter weather can slow flights in airports where snow isn't in the forecast.
Take Dallas/Fort Worth, the sunny, warm headquarters to American Airlines and a busy hub for connecting flights to and from snowy regions. About 32% of flights are delayed in winter.
But not all sunny airports are created equal.
Miami International Airport has the second-lowest percentage of delays in the country (22%). Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport -- just 45 minutes north -- has the second-highest percentage of delays in the country (38%).
That could be because Miami serves a greater number of international and long-haul flights than Fort Lauderdale, and airlines are more likely to pick those more expensive flights to operate when faced with canceling some flights.
The rest of the worst have more than one-third of their flights delayed during the winter. They are Newark Liberty International Airport (37%), Denver International Airport (37%) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport 32%).
The rest of the best are Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (22%), Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (24%) and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (25%).
Not every airport in a particular part of the country will slow you down. Travelers flying out of the New York-New Jersey metro region are less likely to be delayed flying out of John F. Kennedy International Airport (30%) or LaGuardia Airport (31%) compared with Newark (37%).
Our advice? Head to Hawaii if your budget allows it. Just stay away from the flowing lava. Miami is also an excellent choice this time of year. See you in South Beach!