For those who may want to avoid spending their Thanksgiving dinner at the boarding gate, munching on a tuna sandwich and waiting for news about their delayed, if not cancelled, flight, researchers at InsureMyTrip compiled a list of the top 75 US airports that have the least chance of having holiday mishaps this season.

Highlights:

• Hawaii airports are considered the least stressful followed by Salt Lake City (SLC) and Atlanta (ATL).

• It is forecast that New York's LaGuardia (LGA) will no longer be most stressful for travelers this 2019 Thanksgiving. LGA has improved its cancellation rate this year. The airport previously reported the highest percentage of canceled flights in the country for both 2018 and 2017 (winter storms a factor).

• Chicago airports have endured a rough patch with on-time performance issues. Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) and Chicago Midway International (MDW) are currently experiencing the highest cancellation rates in the country, based on available 2019 data. Those numbers don't yet include last week's snow storms which grounded over 1,000 flights.

• Flights scheduled for departure between 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm are more susceptible to delays and cancellations.

• If a flight is canceled, most airlines will rebook travelers on the next available flight at no additional charge. However, airlines are not required to reimburse travelers for losses incurred as a result of a canceled flight.

List of the least stressful airports this Thanksgiving, based on flight cancellation data collected through the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics:


1          Honolulu, HI: Daniel K Inouye International (LOWEST)
2          Kahului, HI: Kahului Airport
3          Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City International
4          Atlanta, GA: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
5          Boise, ID: Boise Air Terminal
6          Portland, OR: Portland International
7          Spokane, WA: Spokane International
8          San Juan, PR: Luis Munoz Marin International
9          Seattle, WA: Seattle/Tacoma International
10        Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis-St Paul International
11        Detroit, MI: Detroit Metro Wayne County
12        Anchorage, AK: Ted Stevens Anchorage International
13        Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles International
14        Santa Ana, CA: John Wayne Airport-Orange County
15        Fort Myers, FL: Southwest Florida International
16        Miami, FL: Miami International
17        Las Vegas, NV: McCarran International
18        Albuquerque, NM: Albuquerque International Sunport
19        Tucson, AZ: Tucson International
20        Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Sky Harbor International
21        Sacramento, CA: Sacramento International
22        Fort Lauderdale, FL: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
23        Reno, NV: Reno/Tahoe International
24        Austin, TX: Austin - Bergstrom International
25        San Antonio, TX: San Antonio International
26        Tampa, FL: Tampa International
27        Houston, TX: George Bush Intercontinental/Houston
28        Ontario, CA: Ontario International
29        San Diego, CA: San Diego International
30        New York, NY: John F. Kennedy International
31        Washington, DC: Washington Dulles International
32        San Jose, CA: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International
33        Cincinnati, OH: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
34        Raleigh/Durham, NC: Raleigh-Durham International
35        Nashville, TN: Nashville International
36        West Palm Beach/Palm Beach, FL: Palm Beach International
37        Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Douglas International
38        Knoxville, TN: McGhee Tyson
39        Orlando, FL: Orlando International
40        Louisville, KY: Louisville Muhammad Ali International
41        Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh International
42        Denver, CO: Denver International
43        New Orleans, LA: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International
44        Oakland, CA: Metropolitan Oakland International
45        Jacksonville, FL: Jacksonville International
46        Hartford, CT: Bradley International
47        Omaha, NE: Eppley Airfield
48        Oklahoma City, OK: Will Rogers World
49        Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis International
50        Columbus, OH: John Glenn Columbus International
51        Boston, MA: Logan International
52        Kansas City, MO: Kansas City International
53        Memphis, TN: Memphis International
54        San Francisco, CA: San Francisco International
55        Richmond, VA: Richmond International
56        Birmingham, AL: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
57        Cleveland, OH: Cleveland-Hopkins International
58        St. Louis, MO: St Louis Lambert International
59        Providence, RI: Theodore Francis Green State
60        Milwaukee, WI: General Mitchell International
61        Charleston, SC: Charleston AFB/International
62        Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia International
63        Washington, DC: Ronald Reagan Washington National
64        Baltimore, MD: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall
65        Dallas/Fort Worth, TX: Dallas/Fort Worth International
66        Norfolk, VA: Norfolk International
67        Grand Rapids, MI: Gerald R. Ford International
68        New York, NY: LaGuardia
69        Dallas, TX: Dallas Love Field
70        Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Niagara International
71        Burbank, CA: Bob Hope
72        Newark, NJ: Newark Liberty International
73        Houston, TX: William P Hobby
74        Chicago, IL: Chicago O'Hare International
75        Chicago, IL: Chicago Midway International (HIGHEST)


Flight cancellation policies vary by airline and circumstance. When an airline cancels a flight, most will try to rebook passengers on the next available flight. However, passengers need to know that airlines are not required to reimburse travelers for losses incurred as a result of a canceled flight, such as prepaid, non-refundable:

• Hotel room

• All-inclusive vacation or resort

• A cruise

• A tour or safari

• Concert or entertainment tickets

Travelers concerned about delays should be aware of the following:

• Generally, early departures are less likely to be delayed.

• Book a non-stop flight (no stops).

• When booking, ask the airline about the on-time performance percentage for an individual flight.

• Closer to departure, check real-time airport data. This will provide timely information on weather concerns or air traffic delays.

• Be aware of "creeping delays." This is when an airline continues to push back a departure time it can sometimes be extended for hours or lead to a cancellation.

• If a flight is delayed, try to learn the reason why to better gauge if the flight is in jeopardy of being canceled. Reasons for delays may include maintenance, fueling, crew issues, weather, previous flight with the same aircraft arrived late, causing the present flight to depart late, or security issues.

• Some flights will be delayed on the tarmac before or after take-off. As a general rule, DOT prohibits flights to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours.

Rankings were based on the flight cancellation rate per airport. Airports on the list also reported 14,000 or more scheduled flights for 2019 thus far. Researchers also noted other factors, like hurricanes and winter storms, led some airports to report a high number of canceled flights earlier in the year.