Hawaiian Airlines, with a history of strong on-time performance due in part to operating in weather-friendly routes, topped other domestic airlines in on-time arrival percentages through September of this year, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics announced this week. The airline had a 93% on-time arrival rate, meaning 98% of its flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled times. Alaska was second with a 88% rate, and AirTran was third at 87%. The average for all airlines was 82%.
Airline on-time arrival percentages, through September of this year:
Hawaiian (93), Alaska (88), AirTran (87), Delta (86), US Airways (86) Mesa (85), Southwest (84), Virgin America (84), SkyWest, (82), American Eagle (82), JetBlue (80), Frontier (79), American (78), ExpressJet (77), United (76).
Meanwhile, a look at United and American ontime rates reflect AA’s labor struggles in September and United’s rebound after a tough summer. Here is how the two airlines compared for the year: