Report: Nearly 20 percent of Sacramento flights delayed in November
By Clint Swett - firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally Posted by quevinh
Wired magazine has a short article on flight delays in US airports. SMF doesn't make the list.
Miami is the smallest airport on the list with 81,663 departures in 2007. Oakland had 87,949 departures. Offhand, does anyone know how many Sacramento had?
Published 2:58 pm PST Thursday, January 3, 2008
About 20 percent of all flights in and out of Sacramento International Airport were delayed for 15 minutes or longer in November, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In its monthly Air Travel Consumer Report released Thursday, the DOT said that 81.8 percent of flights to Sacramento arrived on time and 82.6 percent departed on schedule. The DOT counts planes arriving or departing within 15 minutes of their schedules as being on time.
The Sacramento numbers compare with a national average of 80.3 percent of ontime arrivals and 82.5 percent for ontime departures.
Sacramento's performance closely mirrored that of Southwest Airlines, the airport's biggest carrier. In November, 81 percent of Southwest's flights departed on time and 84 percent arrived on schedule.
United Airlines, the No. 2 carrier out of Sacramento, arrived as scheduled on 75 percent of its flights. Eighty-seven percent of United Flights departed on schedule during the month.
While Sacramento ranked in the middle of the pack, two New York-area airports had the worst on-time peformance. Flights into La Guardia arrived on schedule only 53 percent of the time, while just 61 percent of flights into Newark arrived on time.
The monthly DOT report also tracks baggage complaints, and Southwest ranked 10th out of 20 carriers nationally. For every 1,000 passengers Southwest carried, the DOT received 4.56 complaints of lost, damaged, delayed or pilfered luggage.
JetBlue Airways had the fewest complaints, with 2.95 reports for every 1,000 passengers.