Nation: HOW LONG THEY WAIT

Across the U.S., the airport rush hour is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Here—as compiled from figures supplied by the FAA, the airlines and air-traffic controllers—are the average number of daily takeoffs and landings at the 20 busiest U.S. commercial airports, and the average rush-hour time a plane wastes circling the field or waiting to take off.

Airport

Daily Minutes Minutes Flights Delay In Delay Out

Chicago's O'Hare . . . .1,800. . . .10 16

New York's Kennedy. .1,537 20 40

Miami 1,209 7 12

Los Angeles 1,199. . . .15 25

Denver 1,195 15 18

Dallas 945. ... 9 11

St. Louis 937 4 5

Atlanta 905. .....

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