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This Great Boston Globe Chart Tells the Whole Snowy Story

Posted by Bart Littlefield on Feb 18, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Wow -- but this winter has been a (polar) bear, hasn't it?  On Saturday the Boston Globe analyzed FlightView's data from last winter and this one so far, and showed how badly Logan Airport's flights have been affected by the relentless snowstorms we've had -- and but for a wiped out pair of days in February of 2013, this winter has been one of the worst for flight cancellations in memory.  As many as six days since New Year's have seen a third or more of Logan's flights get scrubbed.

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Topics: cancelled, airlines, airport, weather, delay

Monthly On-Time Performance Reports for Airlines and Airports

Posted by Bart Littlefield on Feb 04, 2014 @ 07:27 PM

A number of airports and airlines have asked us to report on the on-time performance of their organizations based on the global coverage of our flight tracking services. Increasingly they depend on FlightView to supply the most accurate, fastest information about the flights they are operating or servicing, both in real time and collected as historical flight information.

As a result of delivering historic and real-time flight information to our customers, we have discovered high interest within the ATI community for information of this kind to help understand where opportunities lie to improve their operational and marketing capabilities.

Starting this January, each month we will report the on-time performance of the world’s largest airlines and airports (by number of flights).

The first Global Airline On-Time Performance Report is available for download now.

In addition to on-time performance this month we included the completion percentage of those airlines. More than 130 global airlines are ranked by both on-time arrivals and completion percentages.

Get January's Global Airline Report here. 

Subscribe -- enter your email in the "Subscribe to Blog" box up there in the northeast corner -- to get each monthly report when they become available.

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Topics: report, cancelled, airlines, airport, weather, delay

The Polar Vortex and You: How Badly Were You Affected by Flight Delays and Cancellations?

Posted by Bart Littlefield on Jan 17, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

Snow, windstorms and arctic temperatures attributed to the Polar Vortex wreaked havoc on air travel during the first 10 days of 2014.  Airports from Maine to the Dakotas were whammied by the cold and snow.  Airlines with large operations at airports in the northeast and midwest were whipped so badly it seemed as if they simply gave up for a few days there.

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Topics: flifo, cancelled, airlines, airport, weather, delay, big data, on time

How bad was it for United and jetBlue in the January storms? Take a guess...

Posted by Bart Littlefield on Jan 14, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

No surprise to anyone in the industry but the first week of 2014 was really rough on air travel in North America. Joe Sharkey in the New York Times today reported (based on FlightView’s data) that from Jan. 2 through Jan. 9 “airlines in the US canceled 27,779 flights out of 243,842 scheduled departures” or a whopping 11.4%.  Of those that actually operated during the entire period, fewer than half arrived within 15 minutes of schedule.

How bad was it (besides really bad) for an airline near you?  Take a look at the first 9 days of the year and how North American airlines were affected – which were hardest hit and which skated by. 

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Topics: cancelled, airlines, weather, delay

How Did Your Airport Fare in December? Get FlightView's On-Time Airport Report Now!

Posted by Bart Littlefield on Jan 07, 2014 @ 06:06 PM

December, 2013, was a challenging month for air travel in North America.  Among other natural phenomena, a layer of frozen slush covered north Texas for a good part of the month, and snow and cold gripped the midwest and the northeast.  So how was air travel affected in these places during the month?

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Topics: report, cancelled, airport, delay, on time

Cancelled Flights: Thanksgiving Week at an Airport Near You

Posted by Bart Littlefield on Dec 06, 2013 @ 06:04 PM

Not so good if you were in any of the large parts of America that were badly affected by winter storms – or if you had to fly to or from those wet, windy and snowy locales.

At FlightView we aggregate and consolidate – and save and report – real-time flight information from hundreds of sources around the world.  So we are among the first to know whether flights will run early, late – or at all.  And we compile all that data to enable airports and airlines to look back, see what happened, find out why, and operate more smoothly the next time weather events mess up the works.

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Topics: report, flifo, cancelled, airlines, airport, flight, delay, holiday travel

Flights to France Cancelled this Week! Check FlightView.com for yours

Posted by Bart Littlefield on Jun 11, 2013 @ 11:09 AM

Air France Strike - Paris

O Mon dieu!  Just as summer season kicks in to high gear (and timed to protest a speech by the EU’s transportation commissioner promoting cost-saving efficiencies in the European air traffic control system) the French air traffic controllers have announced three days of strikes beginning Tuesday.  France’s civil aviation authority has asked airlines serving airports in Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseilles, Toulouse and Bordeaux to halve their flight schedules through late Thursday.

If you are planning on traveling to, from or through France this week, you’ll want to check to see if your scheduled flight is among those cancelled.

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Topics: business travel, booking, cancelled, leisure travel

The FAA Says Travelers Face 90-Minute Delays This Summer

Posted by Bart Littlefield on Apr 02, 2013 @ 01:28 PM

Tower St.Gallen - Altenrhein

Recent headlines, FAA chief: Flights at major hubs face 90-minute delays, USAToday 2/27/13, and Airlines Dispute Planned Air-Controller Cuts, WSJ 3/21/13, have trumpeted the inevitable air traffic delays which will result from layoffs due to budget cutting mandated by the infamous sequester exercise.  Last week an FAA spokesman told the Wall Street Journal that air-traffic controller furloughs are unavoidable under mandatory federal budget cuts, and the FAA predicts flights could be delayed by up to 90 minutes at busy airports as a result.”  Yikes!  Does that mean travelers are relegated to a summer of missed connections and hours upon hours of heel-cooling in lengthy airport security lines and crowded gate areas?

At FlightView we make a business of tracking commercial airline flights around the world.  We monitor delays at the top 179 airports in North America that service commercial flights; our homepage shows the major airports and the delays, if any, they are experiencing in real time.  Visitors can check the status of any flight yesterday, today or tomorrow.  We keep all the historical data, too, so we can look back at delays experienced by airports or specific flights.  So we’ll have a pretty good handle on how delays evolve this summer.  And if those threatened 90-minute delays happen (or even connection-breaking 30 minute delays), we will be the first to know.

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Topics: FAA, tracking, self-service, delay, travel planning

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