Christmas air travel warning: avoid Minneapolis, JetBlue and Northwest Flight 189


If you’re making air travel plans for the Christmas holiday, you’ll want to check out these numbers from a new site called Airport Butler. A review of last year’s on-time data by the airline statistics company suggests you might want to avoid flying on JetBlue, Northwest or going anywhere near the Minneapolis airport.

These are delays by origin airport for Dec. 23-25, 2007. Minneapolis, Chicago and New York top the list. No big surprises here – except maybe sunny Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

How about the most delayed airlines?

For all of you non-airline folks reading this, B6 is JetBlue and 9E is Northwest Airlink. In fact, most of these obscure airline codes belong to regional airlines. Lesson? Stay off the small planes if you can.

Let’s dig down into the data a little. Which flights were the most delayed?

Six of the top 10 flights belong to either Northwest or one of Northwest’s regional carriers.

Now, bear in mind that these are last year’s statistics. We have no way of knowing if history will repeat itself. This is just a useful look at past performance.

Feel free to take this data into account – or not – when you’re making your Christmas travel plans.

Christopher Elliott

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