Meteorological Factors Affecting Airport Operations during the Winter Season in the Midwest

This article reports on a study of the meteorological factors that prompt flight delays and cancellations in the Midwest region of the U.S. during wintertime. The authors focused on nine of the largest airports (based on passenger boarding counts) and included flight delay and cancellation data from 11 winter seasons (November 15th to March 15th in each of these years: 2005-2006 through 2015-2016). Data was collected from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) and analyzed with weather data from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The authors created a classification framework and categorized each flight according to the weather factor that could have caused the delay. Results show that visibility reduction caused by snowfall was the primary weather factor causing delays at midwestern airports. Blizzards were the most common reason for flight cancellations.


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  • Accession Number: 01701937
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 16 2018 11:50AM