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U.S. airlines post 85.5 percent on-time rate for October

mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Most U.S. domestic flights arrived on time in October, according to a new government report.

U.S. carriers posted an on-time rate of 85.5 percent in October, the same as it did in September, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics said. The agency also had fewer complaints from travelers about their flight experiences, receiving 1,267 complaints, down 17 percent from October 2015.

Hawaiian Airlines had the best rate with 93.2 percent of its flights arriving on time while Virgin America had the worst rate with only 76.3 percent of its flights arriving at their destination on time.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines ranked fifth with an on-time rate of 84.8 percent, edging out Fort Worth-based American Airlines who posted an on-time rate of 84.7 percent.

There were two tarmac delays that exceeded three hours and they were both United Airlines flights heading to Newark that were diverted on October 30.

Airlines improved their mishandled baggage rate to 2.06 reports per 1,000 passengers in October compared to 2.45 in the same month last year.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

Rank

Carrier

On-Time Arrival Rate

1

Hawaiian Airlines

93.2

2

Delta Air Lines

92.2

3

Alaska Airlines

87.5

4

SkyWest Airlines

85.5

5

Southwest Airlines

84.8

6

American Airlines

84.7

7

ExpressJet Airlines

84.7

8

Spirit Airlines

83.6

9

United Airlines

83.4

10

Frontier Airlines

77.8

11

JetBlue Airways

77.0

12

Virgin America

76.3

Total

85.5

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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