U.S. News & World Report Summer Travel Issue

Be sure to pick up the latest (June 18) issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine. It’s their featured article that we’re drawing attention to: “Air Travel Summer Survival Guide.”

It lists worst airports, simple travel tips and the like. Check out their comprehensive list of the best and worst airports here, in which they rank airports on the basis of percentage of flights delayed as well as “average load factor” (how full the flights are).

Their findings were unsurprising to the seasoned traveler: avoid the big airports and try using regional airports instead. The best? Oakland. The worst? Detroit.

Another important tip that, while obvious, can’t be over-repeated: be prepared for big delays as planes fill up and more folks hit the airports for the vacation season.