FIGURE D-2 U.S. Air Carrier On-Time Performance: 1995-2005

FIGURE D-2 U.S. Air Carrier On-Time Performance: 1995-2005

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FIGURE D-2 U.S. Air Carrier On-Time Performance: 1995-2005. If you are a user with disability and cannot view this image, use the table version. If you need further assistance, call 800-853-1351 or email answers@bts.gov.
  Late departures Late arrivals Cancellations Diversions On-time flight operations (%) Total operations
1995 828 1,039 92 10 79% 5,327
1996 974 1,220 129 14 75% 5,352
1997 847 1,084 98 12 78% 5,412
1998 870 1,070 145 13 77% 5,385
1999 937 1,153 154 14 76% 5,528
2000 1,132 1,356 187 14 73% 5,683
2001 954 1,104 231 13 77% 5,968
2002 717 868 65 8 82% 5,271
2003 834 1,058 101 11 82% 6,489
2004 1,188 1,421 128 14 78% 7,129
2005 1,279 1,466 134 14 77% 7,141
2006 1,424 1,615 121 16 75% 7,141

NOTES: Late departures are flights departing 15 minutes or more after the scheduled departure time. Late arrivals are flights arriving 15 minutes or more after the scheduled arrival time. Late departures and arrivals are strongly seasonal and are affected by weather and heavy demand in winter and summer months. Cancellations are flights that were not operated, but were listed in a carrier's computer reservation system within seven calendar days of the scheduled departure. Diversions are flights that left from the scheduled departure airport, but flew to a destination point other than the scheduled destination point.

In 2005, 20 air carriers reported on-time performance data, including all major U.S. carriers (carriers with at least one percent of total domestic scheduled-service passenger revenues) and other carriers that reported voluntarily. The number of carriers reporting in previous years is as follows: 2004 (19); 2003 (18); 2002 (10); 2001 (12); 2000 (11); 1999 (10); 1998 (10); 1997 (10); 1996 (10); and 1995 (10).

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Summary of Airline On-Time Performance Year-to-date through December 2005 (Washington, DC: 2006). U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, Air Travel Consumer Report (Washington, DC: Annual February issues), table 1a.