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Punctuality Improves On Nation’s Largest Airlines

February 11, 2003

Punctuality Improves On Nation’s Largest Airlines
While the airline industry suffered a major loss in 2002, only 17.9 percent of flights were delayed, showing dramatic punctuality improvements at U.S. airports.

According to, the continuing decline in late flights falls from a rate that exceeded 25 percent in 2000. The figures from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics also show cancelled trips represented only 1.2 percent, another reduction from 2001.

Despite tightened security at airports, airlines improved by boarding passengers early and arriving at destinations on time. Among the ten biggest airlines, United rated the most punctual, with only 16 percent of flights arriving late.

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