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May 13, 2014

Airlines post on-time arrival rate of 77.6 percent in March

U.S. airlines posted an on-time arrival rate of 77.6 percent in March as the weather across the country improved.

After dismal on-time performance in January and February, carriers also reported no tarmac delays of more than three hours on a domestic flight, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' monthly report. There was one British Airways flight from Houston to London that was delayed on the tarmac for more than four hours.

Hawaiian Airlines was the top performer with 91.6 percent of its flights arriving on-time while ExpressJet Airlines had the worst performance with only 70.9 percent of its flights arriving on-time.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines ranked fifth with 80.5 percent of its flights on-time. Southwest Airlines had the second worst performance with only 72.9 percent of its flights arriving on-time.

Carriers canceled 1.9 percent of their domestic flights in March, up from the 1.6 percent cancellation rate posted in March 2013. Airlines also reported a mishandled bag rate of 3.68 per 1,000 passengers in March, up from the 3.03 rate in March 2013.

Rank

Carrier

Percent of On-Time Arrivals

1

Hawaiian Airlines

91.6

2

Alaska Airlines

88.2

3

Virgin America

86.4

4

Delta Air Lines

84.3

5

American Airlines

80.5

6

United Airlines

79.4

7

Skywest Airlines

78.8

8

JetBlue Airways

77.2

9

Frontier Airlines

75.1

10

American Eagle

73.4

11

Southwest Airlines

72.9

12

ExpressJet Airlines

70.9

Total

 

77.6

-Andrea Ahles

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