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EXPECT DELAYS

There’s nearly a 50% chance you’ll be late if you fly into these US airports

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  • Mike Murphy
By Mike Murphy

Technology editor

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

If you need to be somewhere important, pray you don’t need to fly into Houghton County Memorial Airport to get there. The northernmost airport in Michigan had the lowest percentage of flights landing on time in the US in 2014, according to data from the Department of Transportation. Just 53.77% of flights flying into the airport arrived on time this year.

St. Cloud Regional Airport in Minnesota was only slightly better at 54.55%, and University Park Airport in State College, PA, was just behind at 55.86%.

These are smaller regional airports, which are likely quite low on airlines’ priority list when the weather turns inclement—Houghton Airport alone averages 58 days a year with at least an inch of snow on the ground.

About 80% of all US flights were on time in October—the DOT considers any flight landing less than 15 minutes late as “on time”—so these airports are well below the national average. Unfortunately, the most punctual airline in the US doesn’t fly to any of these airports, so you’re out of luck there.

Here’s a look at the 20 tardiest airports in the US this year:

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