Canceled flights are displayed on a monitor at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., as a winter storm heads up the East coast on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Sure, it may take forever to get anywhere in this town because of our legendary traffic, but you’re likely to get out of town on time, if you’re flying out of one of Washington’s two major airports.
Dulles International and Reagan National rank in the top ten airports nationwide in on-air departures, according to Travel + Leisure.
Reagan National is third on the magazine’s list, with just 13.7% of flights delayed. While that statistic increased from last year, DCA actually moved up the list in 2011.
The magazine advises if you are flying out of Reagan, book a flight before 11:00 am. That time period has the fewest delays. Watch out for flights between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm., the period when most delays occur.
Dulles ranks fifth on Travel + Leisure’s list for this year. That’s particularly impressive, when you consider the airport was among the worst 10 in the delays department in 2008 and 2009. Dulles is a great airport to fly out of, if you’re a morning person. You’ll deal with the least number of delays before 9:00 am. Good things don’t come to those who wait, though. The worst time to fly is between 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm.
While the airports in our immediate area fare well for on-time flights, BWI Marshall is at the opposite end of the spectrum. With 23 percent of flights delayed, Travel + Leisure ranked BWI second worst in its scoring.