With va­ca­tion fly­ers home, air­lines boost on-time mark

The Washington Times Daily - - Business -

Air­lines are do­ing a bet­ter job of stay­ing on sched­ule now that fewer peo­ple are fly­ing.

The U.S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion said Wednes­day that 83.8 per­cent of do­mes­tic flights ar­rived on time in Septem­ber, slightly bet­ter than Septem­ber 2012’s 83.3 per­cent rate. It was a big­ger im­prove­ment over July and Au­gust, when sum­mer va­ca­tion­ers packed the na­tion’s air­ports and about one in four flights ar­rived late.

Hawai­ian Air­lines held its usual top spot in the ratings, with 95 per­cent of flights ar­riv­ing within 14 min­utes of sched­ule. South­west Air­lines ranked last, with a 76 per­cent on-time mark.

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