Study ranks Charleston Intl. 3rd most stressful airport in US

Study ranks Charleston Intl. 3rd most stressful airport in US (WCIV)

Charleston may be number one on the list for a host of positive reasons. But one recent study has some scratching their heads.

One study done by travel insurance agency, InsureMyTrip, says that Charleston International Airport ranks the third most stressful airport to travel through in the entire country.

The study puts us behind Laguardia International and Norfolk, Virginia, but ahead of famous (or imfamous) airports like O'Hare, JFK, LAX, and Atlanta.

Folks we spoke with flying out of Charleston had a few issues with the rankings.

"Total nonsense, completely," said Mike Johns, visiting from Colorado. "I fly in and out of Denver, I fly in and out of LAX, I fly in and out of multiple other airports, and Charleston’s just not that stressful."

"I would have to not agree with that," said Audry Padula, who says she flies several times a week for business. "I don’t think it's very stressful to fly out of Charleston to be honest. Newark is probably my least favorite to fly out of."

The travel insurance agency, InsureMyTrip, looked at flight delays and cancellations at airports across the country for 2018 to make its rankings.

Taking into account CHS was closed for two hurricanes and a significant snow storm this year, its easy to see how the rankings were skewed.

In a press release, airport officials said they really weren't taking the rankings seriously.

"The Charleston International Airport is far from stressful. From the curbside valet parking, expedited security lines, 2,000 plus places to charge your mobile devices, live, local entertainment and delicious cuisine, CHS prides itself on having something for everyone to enjoy," Charleston International representatives said in a release.

They also pointed out that security wait times average a mere 10 minutes.

Below are rankings for the most stressful airports based on flight and cancellation rates, according to InsureMyTrip.


  1. LGA, New York, NY: LaGuardia (Worst)
  2. ORF, Norfolk, VA: Norfolk International
  3. CHS, Charleston, SC: Charleston AFB/International
  4. ROC, Rochester, NY: Greater Rochester International
  5. PHL, Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia International
  6. EWR, Newark, NJ: Newark Liberty International
  7. PVD, Providence, RI: Theodore Francis Green State
  8. DCA, Washington, DC: Ronald Reagan Washington National
  9. BUF, Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Niagara International
  10. JFK, New York, NY: John F. Kennedy International
  11. BOS, Boston, MA: Logan International
  12. BDL, Hartford, CT: Bradley International
  13. RDU, Raleigh/Durham, NC: Raleigh-Durham International
  14. RIC, Richmond, VA: Richmond International
  15. CLT, Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Douglas International
  16. MDW, Chicago, IL: Chicago Midway International
  17. BWI, Baltimore, MD: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall
  18. GRR, Grand Rapids, MI: Gerald R. Ford International
  19. ORD, Chicago, IL: Chicago O'Hare International
  20. CLE, Cleveland, OH: Cleveland-Hopkins International
  21. CMH, Columbus, OH: John Glenn Columbus International
  22. PIT, Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh International
  23. SDF, Louisville, KY: Louisville International-Standiford Field
  24. CVG, Cincinnati, OH: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
  25. JAX, Jacksonville, FL: Jacksonville International
  26. PBI, West Palm Beach/Palm Beach, FL: Palm Beach International
  27. BHM, Birmingham, AL: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  28. MKE, Milwaukee, WI: General Mitchell International
  29. IAD, Washington, DC: Washington Dulles International
  30. IND, Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis International
  31. MEM, Memphis, TN: Memphis International
  32. DFW, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX: Dallas/Fort Worth International
  33. BNA, Nashville, TN: Nashville International
  34. BUR, Burbank, CA: Bob Hope
  35. STL, St. Louis, MO: St Louis Lambert International
  36. HOU, Houston, TX: William P Hobby
  37. OMA, Omaha, NE: Eppley Airfield
  38. RSW, Fort Myers, FL: Southwest Florida International
  39. DAL, Dallas, TX: Dallas Love Field
  40. MCI, Kansas City, MO: Kansas City International
  41. SFO, San Francisco, CA: San Francisco International
  42. MSY, New Orleans, LA: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International
  43. OKC, Oklahoma City, OK: Will Rogers World
  44. TPA, Tampa, FL: Tampa International
  45. MCO, Orlando, FL: Orlando International
  46. OAK, Oakland, CA: Metropolitan Oakland International
  47. MIA, Miami, FL: Miami International
  48. MSP, Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis-St Paul International
  49. FLL, Fort Lauderdale, FL: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
  50. DTW, Detroit, MI: Detroit Metro Wayne County
  51. AUS, Austin, TX: Austin - Bergstrom International
  52. ANC, Anchorage, AK: Ted Stevens Anchorage International
  53. IAH, Houston, TX: George Bush Intercontinental/Houston
  54. SAT, San Antonio, TX: San Antonio International
  55. SJU, San Juan, PR: Luis Munoz Marin International
  56. SAN, San Diego, CA: San Diego International
  57. LAX, Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles International
  58. ABQ, Albuquerque, NM: Albuquerque International Sunport
  59. DEN, Denver, CO: Denver International
  60. TUS, Tucson, AZ: Tucson International
  61. SJC, San Jose, CA: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International
  62. PHX, Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Sky Harbor International
  63. LAS, Las Vegas, NV: McCarran International
  64. HNL, Honolulu, HI: Daniel K Inouye International
  65. ATL, Atlanta, GA: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
  66. ONT, Ontario, CA: Ontario International
  67. GEG, Spokane, WA: Spokane International
  68. SNA, Santa Ana, CA: John Wayne Airport-Orange County
  69. RNO, Reno, NV: Reno/Tahoe International
  70. SMF, Sacramento, CA: Sacramento International
  71. PDX, Portland, OR: Portland International
  72. OGG, Kahului, HI: Kahului Airport
  73. SEA, Seattle, WA: Seattle/Tacoma International
  74. BOI, Boise, ID: Boise Air Terminal
  75. SLC, Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City International

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