BTR ranked among best airports for on-time Thanksgiving travel
The Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) was among the airports with the best Thanksgiving travel on-time records according to a new study, checking in at number 7 for lowest percentage of Thanksgiving travel delays. Conducted by the travel research site, wanderbat.com, the study determined the best airports to fly into during Thanksgiving based on on-time arrivals.
Data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) between 2010 and 2015 was used to determine airports with the fewest delayed arrivals. The list was sorted by the percent of flights during the heaviest two-day travel period that had an arrival delay of 15 minutes or more. Airports needed at least 200 flights on the day before and day of Thanksgiving over the six-year span to have enough flight frequencies to make the list. The rankings list the 72 airports that were better than the national average (13.43%) on percent of arriving flights delayed.
The top 5 airports with the lowest percentage of delays over Thanksgiving were in Hawaii with Hilo, HI at number 1. With only 9.58% of its flights delayed, the Baton Rouge Metro Airport was the 7th best based on percent of arriving flights delayed the least. Milder-weather airports throughout the Southwest and Southern California performed well whereas no airport on the East Coast ranks among the top 25.