Only 60 Percent Of Chicago Flights On-time In June

Aug. 07--If you were flying out of a Chicago airport in June, your chances of leaving on time and getting to your destination on-time weren't great, as Chicago airports and its largest airlines again posted poor on-time rates, according to a Department of Transportation report released Thursday.

On-time departures at Chicago O'Hare during June were on time just 59.6 percent of the time, while Chicago Midway wasn't much better, at 60.4 percent, ranking worst among 29 large airports in the U.S., according to the Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Report. The average was 72.3 percent.

And dominant airlines in the region United, American and Southwest all ranked in the bottom half among 12 airlines in the report for arriving on time. Contracted regional carriers Envoy and ExpressJet, which fly for such airlines as United and American, ranked worst. The best airlines for being on time were Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America.

United and American also had the highest rates of consumer complaints among all airlines except for Frontier Airlines, which was worst.

The DOT reported one excessive tarmac delay, a United flight from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Chicago O'Hare on June 18. It sat on the tarmac for four hours.

gkarp@tribune.com

 

 

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