There’s only a little more than a month left before the summer officially ends, and if you haven’t booked a warm weather vacation yet, consider a trip to Hawaii. Not only is America’s 50th state one of the best places to go anytime, but the Honolulu International Airport has been named the best for summer 2016 travel in America by NerdWallet.com.
Honolulu International Airport’s ranking was based on these nine factors: the percentage of summer flights with delays longer than 30 minutes (5 percent), the percentage of delays longer than one hour (3 percent), the percentage of delays longer than two hours (1 percent), average delay (4 minutes), longest delay (25.3 hours), percentage of flights canceled (0.1 percent), average longest customs wait time (46 minutes), maximum customs wait time (108 minutes), and the average Yelp star rating of restaurants (3.6/5). A total score was then assigned to each airport. By comparison, the second best in America, John Wayne Airport in Southern California, had 11 percent, 5 percent, 1 percent, 8 minutes, 10.1 hours, 0.4 percent, 18 minutes, 54 minutes, and 4.3 stars, respectively.
Rounding out the top 10 were Mineta San José (California), Seattle-Tacoma, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Phoenix Sky Harbor, San Antonio, Portland (Oregon), and Oakland (California).
The study also named the worst airports in the country, which were Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, Chicago O’Hare, John F. Kennedy, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Washington Dulles, Chicago Midway, Miami, and Los Angeles. No surprises here, as these are also among the busiest in the country.
The study used flight data from the U.S. Transportation Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics for more than 4.7 million flights in June, July, and August, 2013–2015.