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Less than half of Spirit Airlines’ flights arrived on time in June

Only 49.9 percent of Spirit Airlines’ flights arrived on time in June, the lowest rate among all U.S. carriers. Spirit operates over two dozen daily flights from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
Only 49.9 percent of Spirit Airlines’ flights arrived on time in June, the lowest rate among all U.S. carriers. Spirit operates over two dozen daily flights from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Star-Telegram archives

About three-fourths of U.S. airlines flights arrived on-time in June, one of the busiest summer travel months.

According to the latest report from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, airlines posted an on-time rate of 74.8 percent, up from 71.8 percent in the same month last year.

Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rate with 90.5 percent while Spirit Airlines had the worst with only 49.9 percent of their flights arriving on time. Spirit operates over two dozen daily flights from Dallas/Fort Worth airport.

“We pride ourselves on having among the fewest cancellations in the industry, but occasionally there are months like we had this June where there are sustained weather patterns across the country that force us to delay and cancel flights,” said Spirit spokesman Paul Berry. “Because of where these storms hit, our fleet size, and our network, Spirit was adversely affected more than other airlines.”

Fort Worth-based American Airlines posted an on-time rate of 77.2 percent for seventh and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines was right behind them in eighth place with an on-time ranking of 72.5 percent.

Southwest flight 2230 from Salt Lake City to Baltimore on June 23 was delayed on the tarmac for 181 minutes as it was diverted to another airport. It was one of two lengthy tarmac delays reported in June, the other was a JetBlue flight on June 17 that was delayed at a diversion airport for 228 minutes.

Airlines improved their mishandled baggage rate to 3.63 reports per 1,000 passengers in June, down from 3.77 in June 2014.

However, consumers were unhappy with U.S. airlines as the Department of Transportation received 2,052 complaints from consumers in June, up 47.3 percent from June 2014.

Dallas/Fort Worth airport had 75.7 percent of its flights arriving on time while departures left on time at a rate of 70.9 percent in June. Flights at Dallas Love Field arrived on time at a rate of 75.5 percent and departures left on time only 68.3 percent of the time in June.

UPDATE: Here is Spirit’s full statement from spokesman Paul Berry.

“This June was a very difficult month for Spirit as we had a much higher than normal flight cancelation rate, mostly due to uncontrollable weather related issues. Our high number of cancellations is a significant contributor to our low A14 score for the month of June. We pride ourselves on having among the fewest cancellations in the industry, but occasionally there are months like we had this June where there are sustained weather patterns across the country that force us to delay and cancel flights. Because of where these storms hit, our fleet size, and our network, Spirit was adversely affected more than other airlines.

“It’s important to note that one month is only a snapshot and not indicative an airlines overall performance. Prior to this summer we were among the best performers when it comes to cancellations (fewest cancellations), and we were middle of the pack in delays. Now that the weather issues are behind us, our operations are back to normal and we’re looking forward to a much better reports for the rest of the year and getting millions of Spirit customers to their destinations, with the absolute lowest fares and total price in the industry.”

Rank

Carrier

On-time

arrival rate

1

Hawaiian Airlines

90.5

2

Alaska Airlines

87.4

3

Delta Air Lines

82.2

4

Virgin America

80.5

5

JetBlue Airways

78.1

6

SkyWest Airlines

77.3

7

American Airlines

77.2

8

Southwest Airlines

72.5

9

ExpressJet Airlines

70.5

10

Envoy Air

70.2

11

Frontier Airlines

67.6

12

United Airlines

66.3

13

Spirit Airlines

49.9

Total

74.8

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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