U.S. Airlines Hit Highest Levels of On-Time Arrivals Since 2009

By Michael Acampora on 14 June 2012
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The Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report, which was released today, showed that 86.3% of all U.S. airline flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival times in April 2012.

This marks the best performance for U.S. airlines since November 2009, when the on-time rate was 88.6%

Among individual airlines, in April the carriers with the highest on-time arrival rates were Hawaiian Airlines (94.4%), AirTran Airways (94%), and Delta (90.9%). The lowest on-time arrival rates were American Airlines (81.4%), United Airlines (81.6%), and ExpressJet Airlines (82.6%).

Hawaiian also had the lowest rate of canceled flights during April, at 0% (two flights), while American had the highest rate of cancellations, at 3.7%.

April also marked the all-time record for baggage being delivered on time, with 99.7%. This was the highest since the performance statistics started being kept in 1987.

(Photo: A Delta Connection regional jet at a gate in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport)

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