Top 10 most turbulent air routes in the USA

By TravelWiseJan 24, 2024 07:16 AMNews
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Turbulence scares many passengers
Turbulence scares many passengers. Source: Freepik

Flying through turbulence on an airplane is always an unpleasant experience. According to a recent ranking, American passengers traveling from Nashville to Raleigh/Durham are likely to experience it firsthand.

The data is presented in a report that analyzes turbulence levels on 150,000 airline routes from the travel tool Turbli. The report calculates turbulence levels by assigning each route a "vortex dissipation rate," which is a unit of measurement for the level of turbulence intensity, Travel + Leisure writes.

Top 10 most turbulent air routes in the USA
Top 10 most turbulent air routes in the USA. Source: Freepik

The 10 worst routes in the US in terms of turbulence include:

  • Nashville (BNA) to Raleigh/Durham (RDU)
  • Charlotte (CLT) to Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Denver (DEN) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
  • New York (JFK) - Raleigh/Durham (RDU)
  • Warwick (PVD) - Syracuse (SYR)
  • Atlanta (ATL) - Dulles (IAD)
  • Pittsburgh (PIT) to Raleigh/Durham (RDU)
  • New York (LGA) to Portland (PWM)
  • Boston (BOS) to Syracuse (SYR)
  • Boston (BOS) to Philadelphia (PHL).

"Turbulence is the movement of air caused by atmospheric pressure, jet streams, air around mountains, cold or warm weather fronts, or thunderstorms. It can be an unexpected phenomenon and can occur when the sky appears to be clear," the US Federal Aviation Administration explained."

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