WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. airlines carried 6 million fewer passengers and flew thousands fewer flights in the first half of 2008 but still posted their second-worst on-time performance rate in 14 years with over a quarter of all trips late, the government said on Tuesday.
The on-time rating of 73.3 percent was just slightly better than the record low 72.6 percent in the first half of last year, even though operations contracted due to record fuel prices and bankruptcies. Several small airlines ceased operations this year.
Tell me something I don’t already know. American only arrives about 64% of the time “on time”, not to mention the 45 minute wait on your luggage at D/FW.