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November travelers had one last reason to be thankful Fewer disrupted flights

You might want to sit down: There was some good news for New Jersey-area residents this Thanksgiving travel season.According to a new report from the Global Gateway Alliance, flight disruptions in 2015 at the area’s major airports were way down from the 2014 numbers, which put the New York/New Jersey region at the top of the list for delays and cancelations.

This year, a total of 3,743 flights were delayed at the region’s three major airports, Newark Liberty International, La Guardia and John F. Kennedy International. That compared with a total 5,161 disruptions in the Thanksgiving 2014 period.

“We are grateful this year for the good weather over the Thanksgiving period, which made for significantly less delays for passengers as compared to last year,” Global Gateway Alliance founder and Chairman Joe Sitt said in a prepared statement. “But when our airports still rank among the Top 10 for most flights disrupted, the bar is too low.”

This year, among the nation’s 65 largest airports, Newark ranked ninth with 1,341 disruptions, with JFK right behind in 10th with 1,334. La Guardia ranked 14th with 975 disruptions.

In 2014, by comparison, Newark ranked fifth with 1,865 delays, while La Guardia ranked ninth with 1,631 and JFK ranked 11th with 1,507.

That should provide some holiday cheer for those planning trips during the busy December holiday season.

Of course, travelers will still be at the mercy of Mother Nature.

“Winter weather still has the propensity to ground operations to a halt, so in order to prepare for the season ahead, the FAA must step up and expedite the rollout of NextGen in New York to ensure flights have the technology needed to navigate treacherous conditions and keep traffic flowing,” Sitt said.

This year’s Top 10 airports in terms of flight disruptions during the Thanksgiving travel season:

  1. O’Hare International (Chicago): 3,176 disruptions
  2. Denver International: 2,314 disruptions
  3. Dallas/Fort Worth International: 2,223 disruptions
  4. Los Angeles International: 2,018 disruptions
  5. George Bush Intercontinental (Houston): 1,692 disruptions
  6. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International: 1,584 disruptions
  7. Seattle-Tacoma International: 1,494 disruptions
  8. San Francisco International: 1,426 disruptions
  9. Newark Liberty International: 1,389 disruptions
  10. John F. Kennedy International (New York): 1,379 disruptions

Eric Strauss

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