Simple Flying - Michael Doran

In a matter of months, Toronto Pearson's crown as the best airport in North America slipped all the way down to being labeled the worst.

In March, Toronto Pearson International Airport shared the Airports Council International's Best Airport in North America award with Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. On Sunday, the prestigious Wall Street Journal labeled it the "World's Worst For Delays," proving how quickly winners can fall from grace.

The Wall Street Journal report said that "over 53% of flights departing Toronto Pearson (YYZ) between June 1 and July 18 arrived late at their destinations, according to flight-data specialist FlightAware. This was the highest rate among the world's top 100 airports by the number of flights." Toronto was in good company, with the next two worst big airports for delays for June and July being Canada's Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) on 48.2% and Frankfurt Airport (FRA) on 46.2%. The FlightAware data shows that delays at Toronto peaked on Saturday, June 30, when 66.6% or 347 of the airport's scheduled flights were delayed.

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