Major Delays at Hobby

Construction mess and now this: Houston airport ranks near top of list for most delayed flights in U.S.

Houston airport ranks near top of list for most delayed flights in US

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Houston's William P. Hobby Airport came in at No. 3 on a list of the most delayed major airports in the U.S. Photo by WhisperToMe/Wiki

Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, flight delays can mean a seemingly endless wait to arrive at a tropical destination or force you to cancel an important business meeting. Unfortunately, one of Houston's major airports is one of the nation's worst for delays.

According to a new ranking from Hopper, a site that analyzes flight information to help travelers find deals, Houston's William P. Hobby Airport is the No. 3 most delayed major airport in the U.S. The report found that 31.79 percent of flights departing from Hobby last year were late.

Chicago's Midway International Airport ranked No. 1 on the list where 34.29 percent of last year's departing flights experienced delays, and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport came in at No. 2 with 32.66 percent of flights delayed. With the two major airports with the worst delays in the country both located in Chicago, make sure you plan any trips to the area accordingly as nearly a third of all flights departing experience delays.

Dallas' Love Field came in at No. 4 with 30.4 percent of flights departing late. 

Hobby Airport has been undergoing a $156 million transformation to add a new five-gate terminal, largely funded by Southwest Airlines. The facility, expected to be complete by late 2015, will become Southwest's first international terminal, making way for the airline's foray into Latin America and the Caribbean. Construction has resulted in a series of alternating lane closures on entry roads leading to the passenger terminal and other airport access issues.