(CNN) — Anyone who has recently been to an airport can see that the demand for travel is high again. What’s not back with vengeance is the resources needed to handle the crowds of air travelers.
Add summer weather to airport and airline staffing issues and you have a perfect storm of delays and cancellations.
A whopping 52.5% of the airport’s scheduled flights have been delayed this summer, the data shows. Toronto Pearson also ranks 4th for flight cancellations worldwide, with 6.5% of its flights canceled during that time frame.
The policy allows travelers to change their departing or arriving flights to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport or extend connecting times at Toronto Pearson.
Travelers will queue at Toronto Pearson International Airport on June 30, 2022. More than half of the airport’s recent flights have been delayed.
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Europe is also plagued by delays
Of course, Toronto’s airport is far from the only one to struggle with disruptions.
Seven of the world’s top 10 airports for delays this summer, ranked by percentage of scheduled flights, are in Europe. Airports in Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and London are experiencing the largest delays, according to FlightAware data.
US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently told CNN that he sees improvements in air traffic, but he still expects airlines to do better.
“Look, we rely on airlines to deliver for passengers and to be able to serve the tickets they sell,” Buttigieg said.
Global Airports with the Most Summer Delays
Here are the top 10 world airports for flight delays this summer with percentages of delayed flights:
1. Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada): 52.5%
2. Frankfurt Airport (Germany): 45.4%
3. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (France): 43.2%
4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands): 41.5%
5. London Gatwick Airport (UK): 41.1%
6. Heathrow Airport (UK): 40.5%
7. Munich Airport (Germany): 40.4%
8. Athens International Airport (Greece): 37.9%
9. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Australia): 34.2%
10. Orlando International Airport (United States): 33.4%
Rankings are taken from FlightAware data from May 26 to July 19.
Global Airports with the Most Summer Cancellations
Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in China’s Guangdong province is the world’s No. 1 for cancellations this summer, with nearly 8% of flights cancelled, according to FlightAware data. China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport are also in the top 10.
According to FlightAware data, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in China’s Guangdong province has seen more cancellations than any other airport in the world since late May.
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And during China’s Labor Day holiday in May, domestic travel was down a third from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Three U.S. airports also rank in the top 10 in terms of the percentage of scheduled flights cancelled, with New York’s Newark and LaGuardia airports at number 2 and 3 and Washington’s National Airport at number 8.
Looking at the global top 20, the airports in Boston (No. 12), Charlotte (No. 13), Philadelphia (No. 14), and Miami (No. 16) are all on the cancellation list, as is John F. New York’s Kennedy International Airport (No. 15) and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (No. 19).
While Europe dominated the global list for delays, only one European airport — Amsterdam Schiphol — appears in the top 10 for cancellations from May 26 to July 19. Australia and Indonesia also each have one entry in the top 10 for cancellations.
Travelers line up to check in at Newark Liberty International Airport on July 1. Newark is the world’s No. 2 airport for cancellations this summer.
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Here are the top 10 airports in the world for cancellations this summer with percentages of canceled flights:
1. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (China): 7.9%
2. Newark Liberty International Airport (US): 7.4%
3. LaGuardia Airport (US): 7%
4. Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada): 6.5%
5. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Indonesia): 6.2%
6. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Australia): 5.9%
7. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (China): 5.2%
8. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (US): 5%
9. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (China): 4.6%
10. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands): 3.9%
Correction: An earlier version of this story mentioned “delays” where it should have been “cancellations” related to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and airports in Australia and Indonesia.
CNN’s Nectar Gan, Pete Muntean and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.