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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