Are U.S. Airlines Improving Operational Reliability?
Delayed flights, cancellations, lost baggage ... While air travel is notorious for unpredictability, United States airlines canceled fewer flights and lost fewer bags in November 2016 than in any month in more than two decades.
In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation published their "Air Travel Consumer Report," which ranks the 12 U.S. airlines: The 10 that fly large jets (with the exception of Allegiant Air, which doesn't earn enough revenue to qualify), as well as regional carriers ExpressJet and SkyWest.
In November 2016, the nation's 12 largest airlines canceled 0.29 flights—the lowest rate since the government began tracking monthly cancellations in 1995. Here's how they rank individually:
|RANK||AIRLINE||FLIGHT CANCELLATION RATE (%)|
|1||Delta Air Lines||0.0|
Combined, carriers mishandled 2.02 bags per 1,000 passengers—the fewest bags since 1987, when the government began monitoring baggage. Here's how they rank individually:
|RANK||AIRLINE||MISSING BAGS REPORTED (PER 1,000 PASSENGERS)|
|3||Delta Air Lines||1.23|
In November 2016, the dozen airlines boasted a combined on-time arrival rate of 86.5. Here's how they rank individually:
|RANK||AIRLINE||ON-TIME ARRIVAL RATE (%)
|2||Delta Air Lines||91.4|
Written by Cassie Westrate, staff writer for Groups Today.