Airport Delays and Economic Recession

July 12, 2022


Recently, airport delays (including cancelled flights and long lineups) have significantly impacted travellers around the world. Our latest North American Tracker asked Canadians and Americans how concerned they are about these delays, the factor they feel is most responsible for the delays and whether they have significantly changed their summer vacation plans as a result.

This edition also explores how concerned Canadians are about the long lineups and delays to renew a Canadian passport, whether Canadians and Americans think prices will continue to rise in their country and more.

This survey is conducted in collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and published in the Canadian Press. This series of surveys is available on Leger’s website.

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  • 53% of Canadians and 45% of Americans are concerned about airport delays (including cancelled flights and long lineups).
  • The greatest proportion of Canadians (43%) feel airport staffing shortages (baggage handling, security) are most responsible for the delays, while the greatest proportion of Americans (38%) feel airline staffing shortages are most responsible.
  • 18% of Canadians and 13% of Americans have significantly changed their summer vacation plans due to airport delays and/or delays with obtaining a Canadian passport.*
*Delays with obtaining a Canadian passport only asked to Canadians.

Element most responsible for airport delays according to Canadians and Americans


  • 59% of Canadians and 64% of Americans believe their country is in an economic recession.
  • 81% of Canadians and 66% of Americans think prices will continue to rise for the foreseeable future.
  • 76% of Americans indicate high inflation/the economy is the most important or second-most important issue to them right now.


This web survey was conducted from July 8-10, 2022, with 1,538 Canadians and 1,002 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

A margin of error cannot be associated with a non-probability sample in a panel survey. For comparison, a probability sample of 1,538 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.49%, 19 times out of 20, while a probability sample of 1,002 respondents would have a margin of error of ±3.09%, 19 times out of 20.


  • There have been reports of cancelled flights, delays, and long lineups at airports across North America. How concerning are these issues to you personally, taking into account your travel plans over the next few months?
  • Which of the following do you feel is most responsible for the delays and long lineups at airports?
  • Have the issues with flight cancellations and delays at airports or obtaining a passport caused you to significantly change your summer vacation plans?
  • Do you believe Canada/the United States is currently in an economic recession?
  • Which of the following best describes your opinion on rising prices in your country?

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