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US Airlines' On-Time Performance Fell In May

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES U.S. airlines' on-time performance deteriorated in May and they mishandled more bags than in the prior month, the Department of Transportation said Thursday, although fewer complaints were made than a month earlier. The DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said the 18 carriers reporting on-time performance had an overall rate of 79.9%, down from 80.5% a year earlier and 85.3% in April. The agency said carriers canceled 1.2% of their scheduled flights, compared with 0.9% and 0.7%, respectively. A flight is counted as being on time if it operated less than 15 minutes after the scheduled time shown in the carriers' computerized reservation system. The figures come as airlines have been increasing capacity to satisfy a recovery in air travel after woefully low levels over the past two years. A decline in travel because of the recession had prompted airlines to cut capacity, which made airports and the skies less crowded and reduced flight delays and cancellations when bad weather or other problems occurred. Comair Ltd. (COM.JO) had the worst on-time performance in May at 67.1%, while Hawaiian Holdings Inc.'s (HA) Hawaiian Airlines again had the best, with a 94.3% rate. AMR Corp.'s (AMR) American Eagle had the second-worst rate, at 73.1%, followed by Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) with 75.6%. Alaska Air Group Inc.'s (ALK) airline and US Airways Group Inc. (LCC) followed Hawaiian atop the timeliness list at 91.5% and 85.3%, respectively. The most chronically delayed trip was American Eagle flight 3621 from Miami to Norfolk, Va., which was late more than half the time in both April and May. In May, it was late 51% of the time. Meanwhile, the industry had a mishandled baggage rate of 3.29 per 1,000 passengers in May, down from 3.65 a year earlier but worse than April's 2.89 rate. The DOT also received 801 overall complaints in May, compared with 655 a year earlier and 878 in April, respectively. The drop in travel demand also led many carriers to impose new fees for checked luggage. As fewer travelers check bags, airlines have fewer chances to mishandle them. -By Matt Jarzemsky and Joan E. Solsman, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2240; matthew.jarzemsky@dowjones.com

Stock News for Alaska Air (ALK)
DateTimeHeadline
05/03/201608:00:00Alaska Air Group Reports April 2016 Operational Results
04/28/201619:15:39Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
04/26/201619:36:13Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
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04/21/201618:29:05Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
04/21/201608:10:00Alaska Air Profit Tops Expectations
04/21/201608:00:00Alaska Air Group Reports Record First Quarter 2016 Results
04/21/201606:02:19Current Report Filing (8-k)
04/18/201615:00:00Alaska Air, Virgin America File Deal Paperwork
04/14/201606:01:38Current Report Filing (8-k)
04/12/201608:20:00JetBlue to Expand Its High-End Mint Service
04/12/201608:00:00Horizon Air Places Largest Aircraft Order in its History, Adding...
04/11/201606:01:38Current Report Filing (8-k)
04/10/201620:56:00VIRGIN AMERICA INVESTOR ALERT BY THE FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL...
04/08/201611:38:00Virgin America Inc. Acquisition May Not Be in the Best Interests...
04/06/201612:45:00Alaska Airlines to fly Bellingham to Kona, on the Big Island...
04/05/201603:02:00Deal Sets Up Face-Off For Plane Makers
04/04/201612:13:00VIRGIN AMERICA(VA) ALERT: Johnson & Weaver, LLP Launches an Investigation...
04/04/201607:00:00Alaska Air Wins Bidding War for Virgin America
04/04/201606:10:43Current Report Filing (8-k)

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