Friday, October 3, 2008

Airline On Time Performance Improves in August

One of the byproducts of a drastic slowdown in people taking flights is that airline can take the opportunity of no passengers to improve on-time performance.

Flights operated by the nation’s largest airlines arrived on time at a higher rate this past August than in both the previous month and August 2007, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

According to information filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance recorded an overall on-time arrival rate of 78.4 percent in August, higher than both August 2007’s 71.7 percent and July 2008’s 75.7 percent.

A few airlines flip-flopped in stats in August. Jet Blue which usually is on the top of the on-time list dropped to the bottom in August while Comair which is always worst in on-time performance, lost baggage, cancellations and every other measurement....stayed on the bottom again ( I guess you were expecting something else but please, unless the airline went to one plane and duck taped it to a Southwest flight, Comair isn't leaving the bottom)

Here are the stats for the month of August

Overall

78.4 percent on-time arrivals

Highest On-Time Arrival Rates

1. Hawaiian Airlines – 92.3 percent
2. Pinnacle Airlines – 89.6 percent
3. SkyWest Airlines – 85.7 percent

Lowest On-Time Arrival Rates

1. JetBlue Airways – 64.7 percent
2. Comair – 67.4 percent
3. American Airlines – 70.6 percent

Most Frequently Delayed Flights

1. Comair flight 5610 from Baltimore/Washington International Airport to New York JFK – late 100 percent of the time

1. Comair flight 5109 from Cleveland to New York JFK – late 100 percent of the time

3. Comair flight 5292 from Minneapolis/St. Paul to New York JFK – late 96.77 percent of the time

3. Comair flight 5588 from Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Williamsburg, VA to New York JFK – late 96.77 percent of the time

3. JetBlue Airways flight 74 from Orlando, FL to New York JFK – late 96.77 percent of the time

Highest Rates of Canceled Flights

1. Comair – 4.6 percent
2. ExpressJet Airlines – 3.3 percent
3. JetBlue Airways – 3.2 percent

Lowest Rates of Canceled Flights

1. Frontier Airlines – 0.3 percent
2. Northwest Airlines – 0.5 percent
3. Southwest Airlines – 0.6 percent

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