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O’Hare Passengers Spent Nearly 10 Million Hours Combined Waiting On Delayed Flights In 2018

O'Hare is the most-delayed airport in the United States, according to new rankings.

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CHICAGO — O’Hare Airport is the most-delayed airport in the United States, according to new rankings.

A report from Finance Buzz looked at data from the U.S. Department of Transportation to rank the country’s 25 most-delayed airports in 2018. O’Hare was the worst, but the city’s other busy airport, Midway, fared better with a rank of No. 23.

In all, passengers at O’Hare were delayed for a combined 1,133 years just in 2018, according to the report. That’s 9,925,080 hours.

About a quarter of flights were delayed or canceled at O’Hare Airport, according to the report, with the average delayed departure taking 72 minutes.

Midway’s passengers were delayed for a combined 323 years in 2018. About 33 percent of departing flights were delayed an average of 50 minutes.

About 37 percent of O’Hare’s delays were attributed to National Aviation System delays, which can refer to “non-extreme weather conditions, airport operations, heavy traffic volume and traffic control,” according to the report. Just 3 percent of the airport’s delays were caused by weather.

Midway also had few weather-related delays — just 2 percent — but 40 percent of its delays were caused by planes arriving late.

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