It will probably come as little surprise that a new study has concluded that June is the worst month for airport delays. To top off that delightful news, the Austin Monitor reports that this summer is projected to be the busiest yet at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
MileCards.com, a website that offers information on how how fliers can maximize their mileage points, dug into some Department of Transportation data recently and came up with a Misery Index of airline delays for the 50 busiest airports in the country.
Newark ran away with the overall most miserable airport, while Portland and San Jose nabbed least-miserable rankings, but there are also special ratings for various kinds of delays and everyday waits. Austin hung out right in the middle, ranked 26th busiest overall, with a misery index of 42 (out of 100).
Meanwhile, according to the Monitor, the the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport reports that it is expecting its busiest summer ever, projecting that a million passengers will fly through the city each month from May to August. Who knows how this will affect our misery rating? And how will everyone get to and fro, with no Uber or Lyft? A descent into apocalyptic chaos is distinctly possible.
As usual during busy seasons, the Monitor added, ABIA officials advise travelers to arrive two hours before their flights during peak departure hours and 90 minutes prior to flights all other times.
• Busiest! Summer! Ever! [Austin Monitor]