Top 7 Most Delayed Airports

We already published two articles about busy airports: Top 7 Busiest Airports in 2010 and Top 7 Busiest Passenger Air Routes. Because of the traffic and the amount of people that pass in the places, you may think that  any of the airports listed in these two post would easily enter in any list of the most delayed airports, but they are so well organized that they don’t belong to the Top 7 Most Delayed Airports. for our list we included only airports which has the most detailed information. That means that some airports, particularly large hubs in South America, weren’t considered for our list:

1. Indira Gandhi International Airport

Airport code: DEL

Location: New Delhi, India

On-time arrivals: 44.5%

: 12 500 ft

: 776 ft

: 77° 7’ 5” E

: 28° 34’ 10” N

: 733

: +5.5

: Unknown

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For the third year in a row, Indira Gandhi International in Delhi, India, appears on our “most delayed” airport list. This year, it appears in both the “worst arrival” and “worst departure” categories. In 2009, 20% of published, scheduled passenger flights at the airport arrived at least 45 minutes late, according to FlightStats’ sampling of flights.

2. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Airport code: BOM

Location: Mumbai, India

On-time arrivals: 55.9%

: 11 302 ft

: 36 ft

Longitude : 72° 52’ 5” E

Latitude : 19° 5’ 19” N

World Area Code : 733

GMT Offset : +5.5

Telephone : Domestic Terminal (1A/1B) – +91 22 26264000, International Terminal (2A/2C) – +91 22 26813000

Fax : Unknown

Email :

Website :

By 2015, this airport in Mumbai is expected to undergo an infrastructure upgrade that will enable it to handle 40 million passengers annually. It’s India’s busiest, handling 24.3 million passengers in 2008, according to Airports Council International. FlightStats’ data show 15% of sampled flights at the airport in 2009 were at least 45 minutes late.

3. Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (Meenambakkam)

Airport code: IST

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

On-time arrivals: 60.7%

: 9 842 ft

: 157 ft

Longitude : 28° 49’ 16” E

Latitude : 40° 58’ 37” N

World Area Code : 679

GMT Offset : +2.0

Telephone : +90 212 465 55 55

Fax : + 90 212 465 50 50

Email :

Website :

At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Istanbul’s airport saw nearly 29 million passengers in 2008, according to Airports Council International. But last year, most arrivals didn’t get there on time. According to FlightStats, 17% of all sampled passenger flights here arrived between 15 and 29 minutes late. More than 11% were late by at least 45 minutes.

4. Madras International Airport

Airport code: MAA

Location: Chennai / Madras, India

On-time arrivals: 63.9%

: 12 001 ft

: 52 ft

: 80° 10’ 50” E

: 12° 59’ 40” N

: 733

: +5.5

: 044-2340551

: Unknown

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Formerly known as Madras International Airport, Chennai is the third-busiest airport in India, with 10.1 million passengers in 2008, according to Airports Council International. It’s also the country’s third-worst in terms of arrivals. According to FlightStats, nearly 18% of sampled flights at Chennai arrived between 15 and 29 minutes late in 2009. About 10% were more than 45 minutes late.

5. Ontario International Airport

Airport code: ONT

Location: Ontario, California

On-time arrivals: 65.1%

: 12 198 ft

: 944 ft

: 117° 36’ 4” W

: 34° 3’ 22” N

: 67

: -8.0

: Unknown

: Unknown

: Unknown


Ontario, Calif., touts its airport as an efficient alternative to the traffic congestion at nearby Los Angeles International Airport. But at LAX, 81% of all scheduled passenger flights arrived on time in 2009, according to FlightStats. At LA-Ontario, this figure was 65%.

6. Newark Liberty International Airport

Airport code: EWR

Location: Newark, New Jersey

On-time arrivals: 65.4%

: 11 000 ft

: 18 ft

Longitude : 74° 10’ 7” W

Latitude : 40° 41’ 33” N

World Area Code : 21

GMT Offset : -5.0

Telephone : +1 973 961 6000

Fax : Unknown

Email : Unknown

Website :

Inclement weather and crowded airspace are the biggest challenges for airports near and in the Big Apple. According to FlightStats, 18% of the airport’s scheduled passenger flights were at least 45 minutes late in 2009. Not good news for customers of Continental Airlines, which accounts for 50% of Newark’s domestic commercial traffic, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

7. Sharm El Sheikh International Airport

Airport code: SSH

Location: Ras Nasrani, Egypt

On-time arrivals: 66%

: 10 108 ft

: 143 ft

: 34° 23’ 42” E

: 27° 58’ 38” N

: 591

: +2.0

: Unknown

: Unknown

: Unknown

: Unknown

Located at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm el-Sheik airport’s passenger traffic increased 21% to 7.7 million passengers, according to Airports Council International, from 2007 to 2008. However, if 2009 is any indication, on-time arrivals haven’t kept pace with this growth. Nearly 13% of the commercial passenger flights at Sharm el-Sheikh were at least 45 minutes late, according to FlightStats’ sampling of flights.

Source: Forbes,,


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