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Airlines canceled fewest flights in September since 1995, DOT says

mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Good weather across the country in September led to the lowest rate of canceled flights by U.S. airlines since the government started keeping track in 1995.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said the country’s largest carriers canceled only 0.3 percent of its scheduled domestic flights in September. There were also no tarmac delays exceeding three hours for domestic flights, the agency noted.

Airlines posted an on-time rate of 85.5 percent for the month, down from the 86.5 percent rate in September 2015. Hawaiian Airlines had the best rate with 91.3 percent of its flights arriving on time while Frontier Airlines had the worst on-time arrival rate of 71.7 percent.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines ranked fifth with an on-time rate of 85.6 percent while Fort Worth-based American Airlines ranked ninth with 83.0 percent of its flights arriving on time.

The DOT also received fewer consumer complaints in September, down 29.9 percent from the same month in the previous year. Airlines improved their mishandled baggage rate to 2.23 reports per 1,000 passengers, down from 2.41 in September 2016.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

Rank

Carrier

On-Time Arrival Rate

1

Hawaiian Airlines

91.3

2

Alaska Airlines

90.3

3

Delta Air Lines

90.2

4

SkyWest Airlines

88.6

5

Southwest Airlines

85.6

6

Spirit Airlines

85.1

7

United Airlines

84.4

8

ExpressJet Airlines

83.1

9

American Airlines

83.0

10

Virgin America

82.3

11

JetBlue Airways

78.7

12

Frontier Airlines

71.7

Total

85.5

Source: Department of Transportation

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