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US airlines running behind schedule so far in 2014

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm •  Published: August 7, 2014
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More U.S. flights arrived late in June than the month before, continuing a string of poor performances by the nation's airlines.

The government says that in the first six months of the year, the rate of late flights was the highest since 2008 and cancelations were the highest since 2000.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that among airlines reporting figures, 71.8 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in June, down from 76.9 percent the month before and 71.9 percent in June 2013. A flight counts as late if it arrives more than 14 minutes behind schedule.

Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines, which aren't as exposed to bad weather in the eastern and central parts of the country, had the best on-time ratings. Delta Air Lines led among the biggest carriers.

Regional airlines Envoy and ExpressJet and big carriers Southwest and American were at the bottom of the rankings. All were late more than 30 percent of the time. American and Envoy are both owned by American Airlines Group Inc., whose chief operating officer, Robert Isom, said that the company's network suffered more than rivals from bad weather.

About 2 percent of all flights in June were canceled, with Envoy, ExpressJet and SkyWest faring the worst. Delta, Hawaiian, Frontier, Virgin America and Alaska all had minuscule cancellation rates of 0.2 percent or lower.

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