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Hawaiian Airlines Retains Most Punctual Airline Tag in US

Hawaiian Airlines, the wholly owned subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings HA, maintained its performance among U.S. carriers in terms of punctuality. The Air Travel Consumer Report unveiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation for February revealed that the Honolulu, Hawaii-based carrier retained its top position with 91.9% of its flights touching down on time during the month. According to the report, 83.6% flights operated by U.S. carriers (considered in the report) were on schedule in Feb 2016 reflecting an improvement from the 81.3% recorded in Jan 2016.

Hawaiian Airlines has got used to its leading position among the US carriers, on the punctuality front. Going by the records, the company has been occupying the position since Dec 2015.

Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines, the wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Air Group ALK, secured the second spot with 89.3% of its flights arriving on time. According to the February report, the top five carriers with respect to punctuality included Southwest Airlines LUV, Frontier Airlines and Delta Air Lines DAL with 87.8%, 87.3% and 86.4% of their flights being on time, respectively. Virgin America VA, due to be purchased by Alaska Air Group by Jan 1, 2017, ended at the seventh spot with its on-time arrival rate being 84.6%.

Disappointing Performers

Florida-based low-cost carrier, Spirit Airlines SAVE, was deemed the least punctual, according to the report, with only 63.7% of its flights touching down on time.

JetBlue Airways Corporation JBLU was the second last recording an on-time arrival rate of 68.9%. ExpressJet Airlines, SkyWest and American Airlines Group AAL also delivered below-par performances during the month.

Cancellations

According to the report, 1.6% flights operated by U.S. carriers were cancelled in Feb 2016 as against 2.6% in Jan 2016. Hawaiian Airlines saw the fewest number of cancellations during the month, with only 3 out of 5,851 flights being called off. This translates into 0.1% cancellations, which is quite an encouraging percentage. Spirit Airlines was the worst performer with its cancellation rate being 3.9% in February.

Despite an improvement with respect to punctuality and cancellations, what was disturbing was the year-over-year increase in the number of consumer complaints against airline services filed with the government. In Feb 2016 alone, 1,113 complaints were filed, which represents a 7.1% increase over Feb 2015.

Moreover, the report stated that during the month, none of the international flights had tarmac delays exceeding the permitted limit of four hours. The report also revealed that a JetBlue Airways flight encountered the maximum tarmac delay (236 minutes) among domestic carriers. For domestic flights, the permitted duration of tarmac delay is three hours.

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