Fight or Flight
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Major U.S. Airports With the Most Flights Canceled by COVID-19

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Fight or Flight
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Fight or Flight

Few industries have been harder hit by the COVID-19 pandemic than travel, and there's a rocky road ahead. Domestic travel spending is expected to fall 40% this year, while international inbound spending will decline a staggering 75%, according to U.S. Travel Association data. Since airlines have been particularly affected, Cheapism asked travel industry data and analytics firm Cirium to identify the U.S. airports most affected by canceled flights — and the numbers are shocking. Some of the nation's busiest airports have seen a more than 80% to 90% drop in flights between 2019 and 2020. "The U.S. airline industry has a long way to go to recover from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 virus," says David White, vice president of market development at Cirium.

Here are the 10 airports in the country with the most COVID-19 flight cancellations as of May.

Related: This U.S. Airline Has Cut 76% of Its Routes

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

2019 flights flown: 28,922
2020 flights flown: 12,065
Change: 58% drop

Charlotte Douglas International Airport
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Charlotte Douglas International Airport

2019 flights flown: 22,830
2020 flights flown: 9,210
Change: 60% drop

Denver International Airport in Denver, CO
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Denver International Airport

2019 flights flown: 25,577
2020 flights flown: 8,722
Change: 66% drop

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

2019 flights flown: 18,199
2020 flights flown: 5,346
Change: 71% drop

McCarran International Airport
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McCarran International Airport

2019 flights flown: 15,620
2020 flights flown: 4,078
Change: 74% drop

O'Hare International Airport in Chicago
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Chicago O'Hare International Airport

2019 flights flown: 38,094
2020 flights flown: 8,911
Change: 77% drop

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

2019 flights flown: 37,932
2020 flights flown: 8,402
Change: 78% drop

San Francisco International Airport
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San Francisco International Airport

2019 flights flown: 17,940
2020 flights flown: 3,322
Change: 81% drop

Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
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Los Angeles International Airport

2019 flights flown: 26,369
2020 flights flown: 4,768
Change: 82% decrease

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John F. Kennedy International Airport

2019 flights flown: 18,349
2020 flights flown: 1,616
Change: 91% drop