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U.S. airlines report 87 percent of flights on time in October

Star-Telegram

Delta Air Lines continued to top all other U.S. airlines with 92 percent of its flights arriving on time in October.

The Atlanta-based airline only canceled 17 flights in October, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines had the worst on-time rate with 78 percent of its flights on time.

U.S. airlines posted an 87 percent on-time arrival rate in October, up from 80 percent in October 2014.

Regional carrier Envoy Air, which is owned by American Airlines, has improved its operations dramatically as 88.1 percent of its flights arrived on time. Last October, the carrier placed last with only 66 percent of its flights arriving on time. However, Envoy still had the highest rate of cancellations with 1.2 percent of its scheduled flights canceled in the month.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines reported an on-time rate of 87.6 percent for fifth place while American Airlines had an on-time rate of 85.7 percent for seventh place.

There was one tarmac delay over three hours in October, an American Airlines flight from Indianapolis to Dallas/Fort Worth on October 22 which was diverted to Shreveport, Louisiana where it sat for 217 minutes.

The agency also received 1,527 complaints about air service in October, up 25.8 percent form the same period last year. Airlines also reported a mishandled baggage rate of 2.49 reports per 1,000 passengers, down from 2.86 in October 2014.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

Rank

Carrier

On-Time Arrival Rate

1

Delta Air Lines

92.1

2

Hawaiian Airlines

90.7

3

Alaska Airlines

88.2

4

Envoy Air

88.1

5

Southwest Airlines

87.6

5

United Airlines

87.6

7

SkyWest Airlines

85.7

7

American Airlines

85.7

9

Frontier Airlines

85.1

10

ExpressJet Airlines

84.0

11

Virgin America

83.3

12

JetBlue Airways

80.9

13

Spirit Airlines

78.0

Total

87.0

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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