WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly a third of domestic flights on major U.S. airlines were late in June, and delays in the first six months of the year soared to the highest level since the government began tracking them 13 years ago.
At least part of the explanation for the increasing delays is that demand for air travel is rising. In addition, the government said nearly 45% of late flights were delayed by bad weather, up 7% from the same month last year.
The on-time arrival rate in June was just above 68%, compared with roughly 73% a year earlier, according to Dept. of Transportation data. So far in 2007, nearly 25% of flights on the 20 largest carriers have arrived late, the agency said.
Travelers on Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a regional carrier for Delta Air Lines Inc., had it worst in June, as about 56% of flights arrived on time.
AMR Corp.'s American Airlines was barely better, with an on-time arrival rate of about 58%. US Airways Group Inc., had an on-time rate of about 62%.
Sources: AP; USA Today