TABLE 3-1-2 - Major U.S. Air Carrier On-Time Performance: 1995-2007

TABLE 3-1-2 - Major U.S. Air Carrier On-Time Performance: 1995-2007

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  Late departures Late arrivals Cancellations Diversions On-time flight arrivals (%) Total operations
1995 828 1,039 92 10 78.6 5,327
1996 974 1,220 129 14 74.5 5,352
1997 847 1,084 98 12 77.9 5,412
1998 870 1,070 145 13 77.2 5,385
1999 937 1,153 154 14 76.1 5,528
2000 1,132 1,356 187 14 72.6 5,683
2001 954 1,104 231 13 77.4 5,968
2002 717 868 65 8 82.1 5,271
2003 834 1,058 101 11 82.0 6,489
2004 1,188 1,421 128 14 78.1 7,129
2005 1,279 1,466 134 14 77.4 7,141
2006 1,425 1,616 122 16 75.4 7,142
2007 1,572 1,803 161 17 73.4 7,453

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 in winter and summer months and by heavy demand in summer. 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 non-destination point. Diverted flights may or may not ultimately reach their scheduled destination.

In 2006 and 2007, 20 air carriers reported on-time performance data, including all major U.S. passenger 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: 2005 (20); 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, Airline On-Time Tables, Table 1 - Summary of Airline On-Time Performance Year-to-date through December 2007, available at http://www.bts.gov/programs/airline_information/airline_ontime_tables as reported in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 1-62, available at http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/ as of October 2008.