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.
November, 2013, was a difficult travel month if connecting through any of the major hub airports. Weather was the primary culprit, causing, for example, about one in twenty flights to and from Dallas/Ft. Worth to be cancelled. At many hubs, flights that did operate, arrived late – and the departures left close to on-time, squeezing connection times and causing travelers to scramble. We've defined those compressed connection times as the "Squeeze Factor", which is a good indicator of whether a traveler will miss their connecting flight.
We’ve put together an infographic showing 'The Squeeze Factor', an indicator of the “best and worst” hub airports to connect through in November, along with rankings of the best and worst on-time arrival airport performers and the top 6 hubs with the most cancellations in November.
Not so good if you were in any of the large parts of America that were badly affected by winter storms – or if you had to fly to or from those wet, windy and snowy locales.
At FlightView we aggregate and consolidate – and save and report – real-time flight information from hundreds of sources around the world. So we are among the first to know whether flights will run early, late – or at all. And we compile all that data to enable airports and airlines to look back, see what happened, find out why, and operate more smoothly the next time weather events mess up the works.