Airports, airlines with the longest delays at Bradley Airport

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With the busy Thanksgiving travel period upon us, Trend CT took a look at two decades of flight delay data from the U.S. Department of Transporation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

We found that the average flight bound for Bradley International Airport was delayed 12 minutes, based on data from 1,156,864 flights. Eliminating data from airlines that sent fewer than 1,000 flights to Bradley, the average delay time drops to seven minutes.

U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics
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The map above illustrates flight delays from airports that sent more than 1,000 flights to Bradley. The table at the bottom of this article shows delay data for all of the airports for which we could obtain any data.

Out of airports that sent more than 1,000 flights to Bradley, Raleigh Durham International had the longest average delay of 25.8 minutes. Los Angeles International had the best performance with an average arrival time of 4.8 minutes early.

By airline

The Bureau of Traffic Statistics started tracking information on the cause of delays in 2008.

We looked at average delays based on airlines and narrowed our focus to delays categorized as carrier-related. Here’s how the bureau describes “air carrier” delays: “The cause of the cancellation or delay was due to circumstances within the airline’s control (e.g. maintenance or crew problems, aircraft cleaning, baggage loading, fueling, etc.).”

Out of the carriers, American Airlines had the longest average carrier-related delay of 18 minutes. Endeavor Air Inc. had the shortest average of 8 minutes.

Full map data

The animated map above shows only airports where more than 1,000 flights originated heading to Bradley. This table includes delay data on all of the airports, regardless of how few flights to Bradley originated there.

What do you think?

  • BillionairesforTaxBreaks

    Interesting but is there comparisons with airports the same size, or level, as Bradley?

  • Joseph Brzezinski

    It is my impression that Mos delays get concentrated on Mondays and Fridays and Sundays – days most common with business and vacation travel. Weather events also. Do the data permit measuring those effects?