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American Airlines posts worst on-time rate in June

mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

American Airlines had the worst on-time rate of the major domestic airlines in June, according to a new government report.

The Fort Worth-based carrier had only 72.4 percent of its flights arrive on time during the busy summer travel month. U.S. airlines posted an overall on-time rate of 78 percent, up from 74.8 percent in June 2015, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics said.

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said the carrier’s operations were impacted by thunderstorms in June which caused flights to be delayed and arrive late. For example, on Friday, 78 flights were diverted from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport because of a summer thunderstorm.

“We are looking for the weather to improve as we get closer into the fall and get the summer thunderstorms behind us,” Feinstein said.

Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rate with 91.1 percent. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines ranked ninth out of twelve airlines with an on-time rate of 74.3 percent.

ExpressJet had the highest rate of canceled flights, canceling 2.9 percent while Delta Air Lines had the lowest rate, canceling only 13 flights in the entire month.

Consumer complaints received by government dropped 27 percent to 1,492 complaints in June. Airlines also lost fewer bags as its mishandled baggage rate dropped to 2.82 reports per 1,000 passengers, down from 3.47 in June 2015.

There were five tarmac delays of more than three hours including a Spirit Airlines flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Denver that was delayed by 278 minutes after the flight was diverted to Colorado Springs due to thunderstorms.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

Rank

Carrier

On-Time Arrival Rate

1

Hawaiian Airlines

91.1

2

Alaska Airlines

86.4

3

SkyWest Airlines

84.6

4

Delta Air Lines

83.4

5

United Airlines

79.2

6

ExpressJet Airlines

78.1

7

Frontier Airlines

75.6

8

JetBlue Airways

74.4

9

Southwest Airlines

74.3

10

Spirit Airlines

73.0

11

Virgin America

72.6

12

American Airlines

72.4

Total

78.0

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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