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.
Here’s the headline: United, jetBlue biggest losers in schedule completion (more than 1 in 5 of their flights were grounded) while Alaska, Spirit, Frontier, Virgin America and (of course) Hawaiian flew with almost no cancellations. Hawaiian, Alaska flights arrived on time 9 out of ten times; Porter, WestJet, Frontier and jetBlue struggled to get 3 in ten flights in on time.
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