Alaska Airlines tops US on-time rankings

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed September 14, 2016 14:28

Alaska Airlines tops US on-time rankings

Alaska Airlines has topped the rankings for the best on-time rating for U.S. carriers in July, narrowly beating Hawaiian Airlines. Some 89.4% of Alaska flights arrived within 14 minute of schedule, while only 63.3% of flights on Frontier were on time, which ranked 12th.

July was highest monthly number of long delays in more than a year, according to statistics from the US Department of Transportation. Some 75.2% of flights on the 12 largest U.S. airlines were on-time during July, which is down from 78% in June and 78.1% in July 2015.

The transportation department said it received 1,963 complaints including 1,357 about U.S. airlines. The overall complaint rate fell 9 percent, complaints against U.S. airlines dropped 20 percent, and complaints about foreign airlines rose 19 percent compared with a year earlier.

Rank        Airline          Rating (%)

1      Alaska Airlines         89.4
2      Hawaiian Airlines      88.8
3      SkyWest                 82.9
4      Delta Air Lines          81.6
5      United Airlines          76.6
6      Virgin America          75.4
7      Spirit Airlines            72.8
8      ExpressJet               70.9
9      Southwest Airlines     70.8
10     American Airlines     70.7
11     JetBlue Airways        67.8
12     Frontier Airlines        63.3

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

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Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed September 14, 2016 14:28