America’s leading airlines suffered more delays to flight arrivals this January than a year previously, but several carriers managed to defy adverse weather conditions and ensure prompt travel for their passengers.
A new US government report revealed that in January some 72.4 per cent of flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time, while the cancellation rate was 2.5 per cent, more than in January 2007 but significantly down on December cancellations.
European travellers heading to the US will also be enthused by the 79.5 per cent punctuality rate of major international carrier US Airways, which has recently joined Delta and Continental Airlines in proposing Heathrow services.
Continental Airlines could also become a popular choice with US and transatlantic travellers, as it joined Aloha and Frontier Airlines in posting the lowest flight cancellation rates over January.
While arrival times and cancellation figures were mixed, more wholly positive signs were issued on the luggage handling front, with midhandled baggage falling to 7.37 per 1,000 passengers, from 8.19 in January 2007.