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February 9, 2016

Nearly One-Quarter of Passenger Flights Were Delayed in May, FAA Data Show

Twenty-three percent of passenger flights were delayed in May, according to the monthly Air Travel Consumer Report released Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA said Hawaiian Airlines had the highest on-time arrival rate at 93.2 percent, followed by Alaska Airlines at 89.7 percent and Delta at 84.4 percent.

The worst on-time arrival rate for May was regional carrier ExpressJet Airlines at 70.3 percent, followed by Envoy Air at 71.4 percent and Southwest Airlines at 71.8 percent.

ExpressJet Airlines and Envoy Air also scored poorly on canceled flights, with the highest rates of cancellations, 5.8 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively

Delta and Alaska had the lowest rates of canceled flights, both at 0.1 percent.

The passenger airlines canceled 1.9 percent of their scheduled domestic flights in May, up from the 1.1 percent cancellation rate posted in both May 2013 and in April 2014.

If you had to pick one flight you did not want to be on in May, it would have been the one FAA identified as the domestic flight with the longest tarmac delay exceeding three hours.

That was United Airlines flight 1426 from Los Angeles to Houston, on May 9, which was delayed on tarmac for two hours and 42 minutes.

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