FlightStats Releases February 2012 Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report

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Horizon Air, NAYSA and Japan Transocean Air are regional on-time performance leaders.

North American Airlines Report:
The unusually mild winter continued to benefit air travelers in February. Eight airlines had on-time arrival percentages above 90%. Only 1.17% of flights were cancelled in February (9,286), down substantially from January's 1.63%. Last February saw over 5% (37,000) flights cancelled. As a group, North American airlines' flights arrived within 15 minutes of schedule over 80% of the time last month.

North America's top 10 performing airlines and their on-time arrival percentages in February were:
    QX Horizon Air - 92.48%
    VX Virgin America - 91.45%
    CP Compass Airlines - 91.12%
    FL Airtran Airways - 90.88%
    HA Hawaiian Airlines - 90.75%
    CM Copa Airlines - 90.41%
    OH Comair - 90.13%
    YV Mesa Airlines - 90.10%
    AS Alaska Airlines - 89.22%
    DL Delta Air Lines - 89.20%

Alaska and Delta led the majors in February reaching > 89% on-time performance. Here's how the N. American major carriers on-time arrival percentages compared:
    AS Alaska Airlines - 89.22%
    DL Delta Air Lines - 89.20%
    US US Airways - 88.92%
    AA American Airlines - 85.52%
    B6 Jetblue - 83.71%
    UA United/Continental Airlines - 82.16%*
    WN Southwest Airlines - 77.95%
    AC Air Canada - 55.64%

European Airlines Report:
European airlines managed to generate some solid performance numbers despite some harsh winter weather. The average OTP for the group in February was 79.32%, compared to January's 82.82%, December's 77.82%, and November's 80.78%.

The top ten on-time arrival performers among European carriers were:
    ZN NAYSA - 95.69%
    A3 Aegean Airlines - 93.43%
    4U Germanwings - 92.55%
    NI Portugalia Airlines - 89.69%
    BMR bmi Regional - 89.05%
    WW bmibaby - 88.53%
    VY Vueling Airlines - 88.39%
    EI Aer Lingus - 88.36%
    XK CCM Airlines - 87.01%
    FV Rossiya - 86.71%

Asian Airlines Report:
Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and India's SpiceJet joined JAL, ANA and their respective subsidiaries to capture the top 10 on-time performance positions in February. The average on-time performance rating among the 38 airlines we analyzed in February was 72.2%, up from January's 69.99%.

Here are the top ten's on-time arrival percentage numbers :
    NU Japan Transocean Air - 94.63%
    3X Japan Air Commuter - 94.09%
    JL Japan Airlines - 88.98%
    XM1 J-Air - 88.38%
    EH ANA Wings - 87.74%
    KE Korean Air Lines - 87.25%
    NH ANA - 86.97%
    MH Malaysia Airlines - 85.97%
    JC JAL Express - 85.39%
    SG SpiceJet - 83.48%

Top 30 World Airports Report:
Tokyo's Haneda airport was the only one of the top 30 to top 90% of its commercial flights departing within 15 minutes of schedule. US airports rounded out the top 10 performing major international airports. Miami reached the top 10 for the first time in many months with greatly improved performance (84.18%) on-time departures. The average on-time departure performance among the top 30 airports in February was 76.52% up from January's 76.08%, 74.33% in December and from November's 73.47%.

The top 10 performers among the world's busiest airports were:
    HND Tokyo, JP - 94.34%
    PHX Phoenix, AZ - 88.83%
    CLT Charlotte, NC - 88.71%
    ATL Atlanta, GA - 87.09%
    MCO Orlando, FL - 86.35%
    JFK New York, NY - 86.29%
    LAX Los Angeles, CA - 86.02%
    DFW Dallas, TX - 85.88%
    CGK Jakarta, ID - 85.35%
    MIA Miami, FL - 84.18%

North American Airports Report:
Oakland and Seattle airports topped the list of North American airports, both achieving greater than 90% on-time departure performance. The average on-time departure performance for the group in February 84.89% up from 82.49% in January, 80.14% in December and 79.18% November - unusually high winter numbers.
    OAK Oakland, CA - 90.67%
    SEA Seattle, WA - 90.43%
    PDX Portland, OR - 89.60%
    SLC Salt Lake City, UT - 89.47%
    MEM Memphis, TN - 89.42%
    BOS Boston, MA - 88.96%
    PHX Phoenix, AZ - 88.83%
    SAN San Diego, CA - 88.81%
    CLT Charlotte, NC - 88.71%
    DCA Washington, DC - 88.50%

NB: FlightStats on-time performance calculations are based upon data collected from a variety of sources- both primary and secondary. Coverage of any single airline's flights varies in percentage terms. In some cases, only secondary sources can be obtained that represent a subset of an airline's total flight operations. This is especially true for certain low-cost carriers, notably Easyjet and Southwest Airlines.

Therefore, the calculations represented here should, in general, be considered indicative of an airline's performance but not a definitive measure. FlightStats continues to work hard to fill in coverage gaps. However, reaching 100% coverage will require the cooperation of some airlines that, at present, are unwilling to participate.

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