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May 30, 2024
US airlines on-time performance getting worse (again)
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The pandemic was awful in almost every respect, but one small positive from that period was the vast on-time improvement among US airlines.  As we have pointed out before, time is a crucial metric for airlines.  Late arrivals mean added ops costs for airlines – the cost clock literally ticks by the minute and they can never recover lost schedule. As the pandemic’s impact waned, air travel volume has returned (some would say with a vengeance), and on-time performance has suffered.  US airlines’ on-time performance getting worse (again).

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The pandemic was awful in almost every respect, but one small positive from that period was the vast on-time improvement among US airlines.  As we have pointed out before, time is a crucial metric for airlines.  Late arrivals mean added ops costs for airlines – the cost clock literally ticks by the minute and they can never recover lost schedule. As the pandemic’s impact waned, air travel volume has returned (some would say with a vengeance), and on-time performance has suffered.  US airlines’ on-time performance getting worse (again).


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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.