Last updated: 12:00 PM ET, Thu August 18 2016

US Airlines Improve On-Time Percentage From Last Year

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | August 18, 2016

US Airlines Improve On-Time Percentage From Last Year

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On Wednesday, the United States Transportation Department released a study that found an average of 78 percent of flights on major airlines in America arrived on time during the month of June.

According to, the on-time percentage has increased from the 74.8 percent the airline industry amassed in June 2015, but still down from the 83 percent on-time rate from May 2016. Any flight that lands within 14 minutes of its scheduled arrival time is considered on time.

In terms of complaints from passengers, there were 1,492 filed in June, which was down from the 2,048 filed during the same month last year. The June numbers were an increase from the 1,134 complaints received in May of this year, though.

Some of the top causes for delays were late-arriving aircraft, aviation system issues, maintenance or crew problems and extreme weather.

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The U.S. Transportation Department also compiled a list of the top airlines in the country based on their on-time percentages from June 2016, via

1. Hawaiian Airlines, 91.1 percent

2. Alaska Airlines, 86.4 percent

3. SkyWest, 84.6 percent

4. Delta Air Lines, 83.4 percent

5. United Airlines, 79.2 percent

6. Express Jet, 78.1 percent

7. Frontier Airlines, 75.6 percent

8. JetBlue Airways, 74.4 percent

9. Southwest Airlines, 74.3 percent

10. Spirit Airlines, 73.0 percent

11. Virgin America, 72.6 percent

12. American Airlines, 72.4 percent


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