TABLE 5-6b U.S. Air Carrier On-Time Performance: 1995-2004

TABLE 5-6b U.S. Air Carrier On-Time Performance: 1995-2004

Number of flights

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  1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
On-time flights 4,185,788 3,989,281 4,218,165 4,156,980 4,207,293 4,130,185 4,619,234 4,329,635 5,317,886 5,566,338
Late arrivals 1,039,250 1,220,045 1,083,834 1,070,071 1,152,725 1,356,450 1,104,439 868,225 1,057,804 1,421,391
Diverted flights 10,492 14,121 12,081 13,161 13,555 14,254 12,909 8,356 11,381 13,784
Canceled flights 91,905 128,536 97,763 144,509 154,311 187,599 231,198 65,143 101,469 127,757
Total scheduled flights 5,327,435 5,351,983 5,411,843 5,384,721 5,527,884 5,688,488 5,967,780 5,271,359 6,488,540 7,129,270

NOTES: Flights are on time if they depart from or arrive at the gate less than 15 minutes after their scheduled departure or arrival times. Data cover nonstop scheduled service flights between points within the United States (including territories) operated by U.S. air carriers that have at least 1 percent of total domestic scheduled service passenger revenues. The airlines required to report in 2004 were: Alaska Airlines, America West Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle Airlines, ATA Airline (formerly doing business as American Trans Air), Atlantic Coast Airlines (became Independence Air in late 2004), Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Comair, Continental Airlines, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, SkyWest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways. JetBlue Airways and Hawaiian Airlines reported voluntarily.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Airline Service Quality Performance data, March 2005.