Fewer airplanes means improved on-time rates for U.S. carriers
U.S. carriers reported better on-times rates for the month of June as well as the first half of 2009 compared with the same time periods for previous years, according to the Department of Transportation's monthly report.
Airlines´ capacity-cutting has continued to improve their on-time performance.
U.S. carriers reported better on-times rates for the month of June as well as the first half of 2009 compared with the same time periods for previous years, according to the Department of Transportation´s monthly report.
The 19 reporting airlines arrived on time 76.12% of the time in June, the fourth-best June on record and better than the 73.61% average for the month over the past 14 years, the DOT reported.
Hawaiian Airlines ranked first in June, arriving on time 93.3% of the time, followed by Alaska’s 84.54% and ExpressJet’s 81.99%.
Bringing up the rear was Delta subsidiary Comair, which arrived on time 59.82% of the time. Frontier placed second-to-last with an on-time percentage of 67.97%. American placed 17th with a 69.16% on-time rate.
The carriers posted the best set of on-time arrival rates during the first six months of 2009 since 2003 and the third-best for the January-to-June period in 15 years with comparable numbers (the number of reporting carriers has varied for some of the years).
The only other years that carriers posted better on-time percentages were 2002 and 2003.
Again, Hawaiian posted the best on-time performance for the first half of the year with a rate of 91.36%, followed by Pinnacle with 83.88% and Southwest with 83.49%.
Comair finished in last place with an on-time rate of 66.79%. Atlantic Southeast was 18th at 70.1% and American was 17th with 75.91%.
There were 278 flights in June with tarmac times of three hours or more, up from 35 in May.
The three-hour tarmac times consisted of 172 delayed taxi-outs, 40 canceled flights, 42 flights with multiple gate departures, 23 diverted flights and one delayed taxi-in. There were two flights in June with tarmac time of five hours or more.
The number of three-hour tarmac delays for June was the ninth worst over the past 14 years, according to an analysis of DOT data by the FlyersRights.org advocacy group.