The Best and Worst Airports for Connecting on Time

Wayne Chen, president of Mo’Zippity Apps, determined the best and worst airports for making connecting flights while creating his new app, Connect On Time™.

During his research for the new app Connect On Time – the only app to provide specific gate-to-gate connect times for many of the world’s top airports – Wayne Chen, president of Mo’Zippity Apps, determined the best and worst airports for making connecting flights. His picks are based upon the number of barriers and amount of time needed at each airport to get between its furthest gates once security and passport control lines have been cleared.

Topping the list with the best time of 10 minutes is Zurich Airport, trailed by Salt Lake City International, Tampa International and Orlando International. Following close behind are Charlotte Douglas International, Denver International, London Stansted, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Dubai International and Hong Kong International. These 10 best airports all came in under 25 minutes. According to Chen, the best airports have better than 70 percent on-time departure and arrival records, logical layouts, efficient security and passport control checkpoints, connected airsides and gates that are no more than a half an hour apart.

At the other end of the spectrum, the worst airport for making a connection is Beijing Capital International with a time of 1 hour and 27 minutes and only a 30 percent on-time record. London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Shanghai Pudong International, Los Angeles International, Sydney Kingsford Smith, Tokyo Narita International, Boston Logan International and Frankfurt International all come in over an hour, as well. And the 10th worst airport, Chicago O’Hare International, came in just under an hour at 59 minutes.

Chen suggests allowing at least one hour between flights to account for unexpected delays and wait times at the best airports, and three hours at the worst. “Give yourself the gift of time and peace of mind,” said Chen, “because no one else will.”

To learn more about Connect On Time, click here.


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