Snow, windstorms and arctic temperatures attributed to the Polar Vortex wreaked havoc on air travel during the first 10 days of 2014. Airports from Maine to the Dakotas were whammied by the cold and snow. Airlines with large operations at airports in the northeast and midwest were whipped so badly it seemed as if they simply gave up for a few days there.
We took a deep dive into the arctic-affected FLIFO to see which airports really got it worst; we looked at the percentage of departures cancelled and delayed at the 170 largest airports on the continent. No surprise that 48 of the 50 worst hit were ALL in the midwest or northeast. Topping the list was ORD which saw 35% of its flights cancelled and 88% delayed between Jan 2 and 9; in good company was MDW (4th worst hit), with fewer cancellations (24%) but 94% delayed flights. Cleveland (runner-up for hardest hit) actually had the highest cancellation rate over the period (36%) but fewer delays than other snowed-in airports.
Take a look at the complete list and ranking of North American airports and how they were affected by the Polar Vortex that welcomed 2014. How did the airports near you cope?