The Most and Least Reliable Airports and Airlines

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As the holidays near, it might be time to start thinking about your next vacation -- if you haven’t already. For all those procrastinating planners, we’ve got some insights that might help you book your last-minute escape.

Air travel intelligence company OAG recently released its report on on-time performance rates of airlines and airports across the globe for October 2016. From airports big and small, take a look at this year’s best and worst airlines and airports.

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Most Reliable Global Airport: Paris Beauvais-Tille

Paris Beauvais-Tille Airport will make sure you get to and from your destination in perfect time, according to OAG. With a 100 percent on-time performance rate, this airport makes traveling easy and stress-free. It had a total of 1,112 flights in October. (It's important to note that this a paltry amount of flights compared to larger airports, such as New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, which saw 17,775 flights in October.)

Most Reliable U.S. Airport: St. George, Utah

Of all airports worldwide, St. George, Utah ranks seventh in best airports globally but number one for airports in the U.S. Before you start wondering if you should make a quick trip to the Rocky Mountains, however, you should know that this small airport only had 181 flights in October. Although of these flights, it’s a safe bet that most will arrive on time as the airport had a 96.1 percent on-time performance rating.

Least Reliable Global Airport: Nantong

Be wary of this Chinese airport. Nantong ranks 1,197 on OAG's list of global airports. That’s because it had an 18.8 percent on-time performance rate. With such a low rate -- you’re better off finding another mode of transportation to get to your destination.

Least Reliable U.S. Airport: Lebanon, N.H.

If you’re in a rush to get somewhere quickly, Lebanon Municipal Airport is not going to get you there. The New Hampshire airport has a 62.6 percent on-time departure rating and ranks number 335 of 336 North American airlines. It only had 182 October flights, so chances are slim that you’ll be stopping through there anyway.

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Most Reliable Global Airline: Lufttransport AS

With absolutely no delays in flights, this airline is a traveler’s dream. Lufttransport AS had a 100 percent performance rating, meaning not a single one of its flight was delayed in October. Don’t get your hopes up of traveling with this entity just yet though. Based in Norway, this niche airline primarily caters to helicopters, air ambulances and planes for the Norwegian and Swedish governments.

Most Reliable U.S. Airline: Grant Aviation Inc.

Most Reliable U.S. Airline: Grant Aviation Inc.
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If you’re looking for a stress-free vacation -- Grant Aviation Inc. will make sure your travels are seamless. This airline takes the cake for the top U.S. airline in regards to performance, with a 98.9 percent on-time performance rate and absolutely no flight cancellations. Headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, the airline averaged 4,688 flights in October.

Least Reliable Global Airline: El Al Israel Airlines

Steer clear of this airline, which falls last on October 2016’s ranking of 250 global airlines around the world. El Al had a 36.2 percent on-time performance rate for its 2,418 October flights.

Least Reliable U.S. Airline: ViaAir

Least Reliable U.S. Airline: ViaAir
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It’s a close call whether your flight will be on time when flying with ViaAir. In fact, it’s almost a 50-50 shot. In October, Maitland, Fla.’s ViaAir had 400 scheduled flights -- only 55.9 percent arrived on-time. On the bright side, at least none of its October flights were canceled.

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