BTS releases August 2013 on-time stats by airport

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics on Wednesday released August on-time departures numbers. How does your favorite airport compare?

Rank August 2013 %
1 Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) 87.59
2 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP) 86.62
3 Washington, DC (DCA) 86.05
4 Portland, OR (PDX) 85.43
5 Seattle, WA (SEA) 85.10
6 Detroit, MI (DTW) 83.42
7 Miami, FL (MIA) 82.04
8 Charlotte, NC (CLT) 81.80
9 Tampa, FL (TPA) 80.96
10 Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) 80.70
11 Houston, TX (IAH) 80.33
12 Boston, MA (BOS) 79.87
13 Phoenix, AZ (PHX) 79.63
14 Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 79.33
15 Orlando, FL (MCO) 78.70
16 Washington, DC (IAD) 78.33
17 Los Angeles, CA (LAX) 78.01
18 San Diego, CA (SAN) 78.01
19 Atlanta, GA (ATL) 77.72
20 New York, NY (LGA) 77.54
21 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) 76.12
22 New York, NY (JFK) 75.58
23 Newark, NJ (EWR) 74.61
24 Chicago, IL (ORD) 73.70
25 Baltimore, MD (BWI) 73.37
26 Las Vegas, NV (LAS) 72.79
27 Denver, CO (DEN) 72.66
28 San Francisco, CA (SFO) 68.53
29 Chicago, IL (MDW) 61.98
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Hawaiian Airlines is most on-time (again) in June; See how all airlines rate

While most of the aviation industry was focused Tuesday on the U.S. Department of Justice’s suit to block a proposed merger between American and US Airways, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics released its monthly on-time data.

Here’s what it looks like, both for June and the first six months of the year:

June 2013 on-time percentage

1. Hawaiian – 93.09
2. Alaska – 87.46
3. Frontier – 77.93
4. SkyWest – 77.27
5. Delta – 76.10
6. Pinnacle – 73.78
7. US Airways – 72.97
8. Southwest – 72.53
9. United – 71.13
10. Virgin America – 70.62
11. American – 69.79
12. JetBlue – 69.62
13. Mesa – 69.00
14. ExpressJet – 65.97
15. AirTran – 65.87
16. American Eagle – 61.79
All Airlines –  71.94

January-June 2013 on-time percentage

1. Hawaiian – 92.30
2. Alaska – 87.73
3. Delta – 84.26
4. Virgin America – 82.38
5. US Airways – 80.48
6. AirTran – 80.21
7. Southwest – 79.76
8. SkyWest – 79.49
9. Pinnacle – 78.54
10. United – 78.47
11. Mesa – 76.79
12. American – 76.35
13. JetBlue – 73.57
14. Frontier – 72.45
15. ExpressJet – 70.55
16 American Eagle – 70.37
All Airlines – 78.10

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In May, seven LAX flights were chronically delayed

If May’s data is any indication, you might want to avoid certain airline flight.

The U.S. Department of Transportation published a list this week of 170 flights that arrived 30 or more minutes late at least half the time in May.

The worst offender? A Go! flight operated by Mesa Airlines from Honolulu to Kona. It was at least 30 minutes late 80 percent of the time in May. The average delay was 69 minutes.

I was surprised to find some Southern California flights on the list, as our airport operations here are generally efficient. Here are the flights — all involved LAX — that made DOT list. (For this grouping, only 30 minute and greater delays are considered)

Carrier         Flight   Origin-Dest   Dept. time  % late flts Avg. Delay 
Southwest   3225       SJC-LAX         2000             60%          77 min.
Frontier        419         DEN-LAX         2055             55%          141
Southwest   1345       LAX-LAS          2145             55%            75
Southwest    655        SFO-LAX         1355             55%            60
Southwest    1345      SFO-LAX         1955             55%            72
American      2467      DFW-LAX        1715             52%            98
American      231        MIA-LAX            1800            52%            65

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Airline on-time performance: How prompt is your favorite carrier?

The U.S. Department of Transportation has published its monthly list of the most on-time airlines. As usual — thanks to that great island weather — Hawaiian Airlines is No. 1.

It’s important to note that an “on-time arrival” actually means that a plane parked at the gate within 14 minutes of its schedule arrival time. It’s also important to understand an airline sets its own schedule, and some carriers are more aggressive with scheduling flight times than others. If it wants, an airline could “pad” it’s schedule to ensure it rises on this list.

Most airline executives tell me that on-time performance is the single-biggest driver of customer satisfaction.

Here’s the whole list, both for this month, and the year to date:

Airline On-Time Arrival Pct May 2013

Carrier                 On-Time Arrival Pct.
1 Hawaiian                    92.37
2 Alaska                        89.62
3 Delta                          86.24
4 AirTran                       83.11
5 SkyWest                    82.21
6 US Airways                81.99
7 Pinnacle                     81.16
8 JetBlue                       80.28
9 United                         79.72
10 Southwest                79.01
11 Virgin America          78.14
12 American                  76.22
13 ExpressJet               73.89
14 Mesa                        73.83
15 Frontier                    73.23
16 American Eagle       69.89
All Airlines                     79.42

Airline On-Time Arrival Pct Jan-May 2013

Carrier                        On-Time Arrival Pct.
1 Hawaiian                     92.13
2 Alaska                         87.79
3 Delta                           86.06
4 Virgin America            85.11
5 AirTran                        83.11
6 US Airways                 82.01
7 Southwest                  81.27
8 United                         80.02
9 SkyWest                     79.95
10 Pinnacle                   79.54
11 Mesa                        78.51
12 American                 77.70
13 JetBlue                    74.40
14 American Eagle       72.13
15 ExpressJet              71.53
16 Frontier                   71.22
All Airlines                   79.40

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