North American Airlines: On-Time Performance Soars (Kind of)
In October, the on-time percentage increased by 2.8 points to reach a whopping 80.1 percent. Sure, that sounds impressive until you realize that September saw a massive 5.5-point surge to hit 77.3 percent. It’s like watching someone sprint ahead in a race only to slow down just as they approach the finish line.
But hey, almost everyone showed some improvement—except for Southwest which decided it was perfectly content with its lackluster 78.4 percent and WestJet which took an unexpected nosedive of 5.2 points down to 71.3 percent after being hailed as the carrier with the biggest improvement last month.
The real winner this time around is JetBlue, boasting an impressive gain of 9.9 points up to 74.4 percent—a round of applause for them! And Air Canada also managed to claw its way above the dreaded subpar mark of 70 percent after languishing below it in September.
The Champions…and Not-so-Champions
Delta has once again claimed first place with an eye-popping on-time performance rate of 90 .8percent—the first carrier since January ’22 to break past that elusive threshold.
United Airlines came in second at86 .3percent followed closely by Alaska Airlines at86 .1percent.
And if we’re talking global domination here (which we are), Delta reigns supreme yet again while United snags fourth place and American Airlines settles comfortably into sixth position with85 .5percent.
Cancellations Take A Dive
In October,North American airlines collectively canceled4646 flights—an astonishing52 .7% decrease from September.Now that’s what I call progress!
Nearly Perfect Completion Factor
Each one of our top five North American carriers boasted completion factors exceeding99%,with Delta leading the pack at nearly100%(99 .85%).It seems like they’ve mastered the art of getting planes where they need to be—almost all the time.
A Slight Delay Is Still Considered “On Time”
A little fun fact for you: In airline lingo,a flight is still considered “on time”if it arrives within15 minutesof its scheduled arrival time.So technically,you could show up fifteen minutes late and still pat yourself on your back for making it right on schedule!
N.American Carriers’September On-Time Rate Again Up
So there you have it folks! The thrilling saga continues as North American airlines inch ever so slightly towards punctuality glory.Will next month bring even more heart-stopping increases? Or will we witness another dramatic slowdown? Only time will tell—or maybe not quite exactly within those exact fifteen minutes—but close enough!