June 10--The nation's largest airlines improved their on-time rates during April and canceled fewer flights, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Chicago-based United Airlines posted an on-time rate of 81.8 percent, beating its internal goal of 80 percent, but ranking in the middle of the pack among its peers. And Southwest Airlines, which has struggled with its operations since last August, was again a laggard, ranking second-to-last with a 75 percent on-time rate.
Overall, airlines posted an on-time arrival rate of 79.6 percent in April, up from the 77.3 percent on-time rate posted in April last year and the 77.6 percent on-time rate posted this March.
Carriers canceled 1.1 percent of their scheduled domestic flights in April, down from both the 1.8 percent cancellation rate in April 2013 and the 1.9 percent rate posted in March of this year.
Most punctual airlines were Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, followed by the three majors Delta Air Lines, American Airlines (including US Airways) and United.
Departures from Chicago-area airports were relatively poor. Flights departed Chicago O'Hare on time 74.8 percent of the time, while just 67.4 percent of departures from Chicago Midway left on time.
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