DOT Reports More On-Time Arrivals, Fewer Cancellations in April 2015
PHOTO: Hawaiian Airlines once again led the pack in on-time arrivals. (Courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines)
The U.S. Department of Transportation released on-time performance and cancellation figures for the country's leading airlines for this past April on Thursday and the data shows a considerable improvement over March.
According to the DOT's June 2015 Air Travel Consumer Report, 81.8 percent of reporting airlines' flights arrived on time or within 15 minutes of their schedule in April 2015, compared to 78.7 percent the previous month.
The mark also signaled an increase over April 2014, when 79.6 percent of flights arrived on time.
Cancellations were also down among the reporting carriers in April 2015. The 13 carriers combined to cancel fewer than one percent (0.9 percent) of their domestic flights over the course of the month, a significant improvement from 2.2 percent the previous month and a slight improvement from 1.1 percent in April 2014.
What's more, airlines received fewer consumer complaints and mishandled fewer bags in April 2015 compared to March 2015.
The 1,415 complaints the DOT received about airlines this past April were more than 300 fewer than it received the previous month. The agency also revealed that airlines mishandled luggage at a rate of 2.93 per 1,000 passengers in April 2015, which was up slightly from April 2014 (2.9 per 1,000 passengers) but an improvement from 3.42 per 1,000 passengers in March 2015.
In terms of on-time arrivals for this past April, Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines led the reporting carriers, while ultra low-cost carriers Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines and regional carrier Envoy Air once again finished at the bottom.
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