Worst On-Time Performance Since Agency Started Keeping
Things aren't getting
any better on the nation's airlines. Figures released Tuesday by
the Department of Transportation show carriers posted a sharp
increase in cancellations through May of this year, and the lowest
percentage of on-time flights since the DOT began keeping track of
performance in 1995.
CNN Money reports about 73.6 percent of the roughly three
million flights between January and May were on time. That's down
from the same period last year, when carriers were able to make
their scheduled times 77.4 percent of the time.
At least those flights made it to their destinations. In the
same period this year, airlines cancelled 75.925 flights, a 79
percent gain over last year.
Hawaiian Airlines was best able to get passengers to their
destinations on time, according to the DOT. US Airways, on the
other hand, was only able to get passengers to the gate as
scheduled 67.9 percent of the time. American Airlines and its
American Eagle regional subsidiary combined to cancel the most
flights in May, with 2.2 percent of their domestic flights scrubbed
from the board.
Passengers might be able to
stack the odds in their favor somewhat, depending on departure
points and destinations. For example, a passenger flying from
Portland, OR to Oakland, CA stands a great chance of departing and
arriving on time -- as each airport ranked at the top of those
On the other hand, if you're flying from
Chicago O'Hare to Newark... well, we hear Greyhound has some great
deals going on right now. Ditto for passengers planning to fly US
Airways flight 1569 from Boston to Philadelphia, which was delayed
almost 96 percent of the time through May, according to the
Not surprisingly, passenger complaints are also up -- jumping 49
percent over 2006, to 929 grievances filed over shoddy airline