April witnessed an increase in planes flying on time and fewer mishandled bags. Over 86 percent of the country’s largest airlines flights arrived on time in April. This compares very favorably to the airlines’ under 76 percent on time rate in April of 2011 and to the March 2012’s rate of slightly higher than 82 percent.
Hawaiian Airlines turned in the best on time performance, followed closely by AirTran Airways.
American Airlines experienced the worse performance, with United coming in only slightly better. American has been operating under bankruptcy protect since November of last year.
The rate of mishandled bags dropped to under three (2.63) for every 1,000 passengers, the lowest rate since the airlines began reporting this statistic in 1987. April’s mishandled baggage rate compared very favorably to April’s 2011’s rate of 3.30 and March 2012’s of 3.09.
Further good news was that there were no April runway delays in excess of three hours of domestic flights or over four hours of international flights.
Flight cancellations for April equaled 1.0 percent of scheduled domestic flights, down from April 2011’s 2.0 percent.
There were six flights that were chronically delayed, defined as over 30 minutes late more than 50 percent of the time for two consecutive months. No flights were chronically delayed for three or more consecutive months.