Travel DOT: Airlines match record-low rates for cancelling flights and bumping passengers in November

23:15  12 january  2018
23:15  12 january  2018 Source:   USA TODAY

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DOT : Airlines match record - low rates for cancelling flights and bumping passengers in November . Airlines canceled second- lowest rate of flights on record, and bumped record - low passengers in November , according to the Transportation Department .

DOT : Airlines cancel fewer flights , bump fewer passengers . WASHINGTON – Airlines matched record - low rates for canceling flights and bumping passengers in November , and reported their second-best punctuality, the Transportation Department announced Friday.

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WASHINGTON – Airlines matched record-low rates for canceling flights and bumping passengers in November, and reported their second-best punctuality, the Transportation Department announced Friday.

The dozen largest airlines collectively reported landing within 15 minutes of their schedules 88.3% of the time in November, according to figures from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

That monthly rate placed second only to the 88.6% on-time arrival rate in November 2009, according to the bureau’s Air Travel Consumer Report.

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The carriers posted a bumping rate of 0.62 per 10,000 passengers in 2016, an improvement over the 0.73 rate posted in 2015 and the lowest annual rate based on historical data dating back to 1995. ExpressJet Airlines – 3.0 percent. Lowest Rates of Canceled Flights .

The rate of bumped passengers also reached a record low since the department started collecting data in 1995, A4A says. Southwest Airlines had the lowest rate of complaints among U.S. airlines with just 0.32 complaints per 100,000 passengers .

The rate had been 84.8% in October and 86.5% for the same month a year earlier, according to the report.

The most punctual carriers in November were Delta Air Lines, Spirit and Hawaiian airlines. The carriers with lowest on-time arrival rates were Virgin America, Alaska and SkyWest airlines.

Airlines canceled 0.3% of their domestic flights in November, which matched the record low set in September and November 2016, the report said. Airlines cancelled 0.7% of their flights in October.

The carriers with the fewest cancellations were Delta, which canceled no flights in November; United Airlines, which canceled 18; and American Airlines. The most cancellations were at Virgin, Alaska Airlines and SkyWest.

During August, September and October, airlines bumped 0.15 out of every 10,000 passengers, the lowest rate since record-keeping began in 1995. The rate was down from involuntarily denying boarding to 0.44 out of every 10,000 passengers in the second and from a 0.69 rate in the same quarter a year earlier.

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Airlines continued setting records for bumping fewer passengers in July, August and September, according to the Transportation Department . The ones with the lowest rates were Delta, Virgin, JetBlue – and United. More about bumping and traveler rights

WASHINGTON – Airline consumer complaints filed with DOT ’s Aviation Consumer Protection The carriers posted a bumping rate of 0.76 per 10,000 passengers last year, an improvement over the 0.92 rate posted in 2014. SkyWest Airlines – 2.9 percent. Lowest Rates of Canceled Flights .

The results came in a lull between a hurricane season that disrupted tens of thousands of flights in September, and winter storms that cancelled thousands of flights in December and January.

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Airlines also improved their baggage handling in November, with 1.83 reports per 1,000 passengers in November. That compared to a rate of 2.04 in October and 2.02 a year earlier.

Despite improving performance, complaints were up. The department received 1,299 complaints from consumers about airline service, up 9.3% from the 1,188 in October and up 27% from the 1,022 in the same month a year earlier.

Airlines reported no tarmac delays longer than three hours, which can draw fines from the department. Airlines reported two delays longer than four hours, which the department is investigating.

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