October On-time Performance Report
25,921 cancelled flights in North America compared to 7,985 in September 2012.
Story by Sarena Regazzoni
11/06/2012 @ 9:37 AM

North American airlines, on average, delivered 75.57% of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in October, down 4.93 percentage points from September's 80.50%. This decline is due to the major flight disruptions of airline operations from October 27th through October 31 caused by Hurricane Sandy*. Cancellations for the group in October were up sharply: 25,921 cancelled flights compared to 7,985 in September 2012. *See recap for more details about the Impact of Hurricane Sandy on North American air travel

North America's top 10 performing airlines and their on-time arrival percentages in October were: 

1. HA    Hawaiian Airlines- 93.85% 
2. QX    Horizon Air - 91.57% 
3. CP    Copa Airlines - 91.09% 
4. US    Taca Airlines - 90.64% 
5. FL    Airtran Airways - 88.10% 
6. CP    Compass Airlines - 87.70% 
7. YV    Mesa Airlines- 87.52% 
8. AS    Alaska Airlines - 86.82% 
9. DL     Delta Air Lines - 86.50% 
10. US    US Airways - 85.92%

Alaska Airlines and Delta led the majors in October. American Airlines performance improved by 9.15 percentage points from September.

Here's how the North American major carriers on-time arrival percentages compared:

AS    Alaska Airlines - 86.82%

DL    Delta Air Lines - 86.50%

US    US Airways - 85.92%

WN Southwest Airlines - 83.40%

UA    United Airlines - 79.41%

B6    Jetblue- 78.83%

AA    American Airlines - 68.23%. (59.08% in September)

AC    Air Canada - 67.15%

A mix of major and regional European airlines turned in strong performances in October including Blue1, Aegean Airlines, Czech Airlines, Germanwings and Finnair. For the second month in a row all of the airlines in the top ten delivered > 90% of their flights to the gate on time in October. The average OTP for the group was 83.66% in October, down from 85.03% in September.

The top ten on-time arrival performers among European carriers were:

1. KF    Blue1 - 95.01% 
2. A3    Aegean Airlines - 94.83% 
3. OK    CSA Czech Airlines - 93.13% 
4. 4U    Germanwings - 92.42% 
5. AY    Finnair - 91.08% 
6. DB    Brit Air - 90.76% 
7. WA    KLM Cityhopper - 90.72% 
8. YS    Regional - 90.72% 
9. BT    airBaltic - 90.65% 
10. ZN    NAYSA - 90.55%

Of the top ten Asian airline on time performers, seven delivered >92% of their flights to the gate on time in September. The average on-time performance rating among the 38 Asian airlines we analyzed in October was 78.05%, up 5.46 percentage points from September's 72.59%. This is the second month in a row with improvement. August's average came in at 66.69%.

Here are the top ten's on-time arrival percentage numbers:

3X Japan Air Commuter - 96.94% 
XM1 J-Air - 95.72% 
HD Hokkaido International - 95.34% 
EH ANA Wings - 93.04% 
JC JAL Express - 92.65% 
JL Japan Airlines - 92.46% 
6E IndiGo Airlines - 92.06% 
NH ANA - All Nippon Airways - 90.56% 
TG Thai Airways - 88.90% 
NU Japan Transocean - 88.55%

Though five North American airports were in the top ten, Tokyo's Haneda continues to outperform the rest of the world's busiest airports while posting a 95.39% on-time departure performance in October. One other Asian airport, two European airports, and one Australian airport rounded out the top 10 in October. The average on-time departure performance among the top 30 airports in October was 73.68%, up from 73.44% in September 2012.

The top 10 performers among the world's busiest airports were:

1. HND Tokyo, JP - 95.39% 
2. CLT    Charlotte, NC - 87.31% 
3. PHX Phoenix, AZ - 86.67% 
4. MCO Orlando, FL - 84.64% 
5. IAH    Houston, TX - 83.75% 
6. ATL    Atlanta, GA - 83.59% 
7. SYD Sydney, AU - 82.08% 
8. AMS Amsterdam, NL - 82.00% 
9. BKK Bangkok, TH - 81.65% 
10. MUC Munich, DE - 81.56%

SLC took the top spot for the third month in a row with a 89.51% on-time departure performance in October. The average on-time departure performance for the group in October was 81.62%, down only slightly from September's 82.78%.

Here is a summary of the on-time departure performance for the 10 best performing large North American airports:

1. SLC    Salt Lake City, UT - 89.51% 
2. MSP Minneapolis, MN - 87.53% 
3. CLT    Charlotte, NC - 87.31% 
4. SEA Seattle, WA - 87.30% 
5. PDX    Portland, OR - 86.98% 
6. PHX    Phoenix, AZ - 86.67% 
7. MEM Memphis, TN - 85.87% 
8. PIT     Pittsburgh, PA - 85.84% 
9. DTW Detroit, MI - 85.50% 
10. YUL    Montreal, QC, CA - 85.04%


 

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