Blizzards that swept the Midwest and East Coast and skipped through parts of the South hit airlines’ on-time performance hard last month, Portland’s FlightStats.com reported Monday.
Just 67.94 percent of flights arrived on-time (within 15 minutes of the scheduled time) last month, the flight-tracking site said. Airlines canceled 29,391 or 3.54 percent of their flights in December. That compares with 21,054 canceled in December 2009, the website said.
On the West Coast, arrival records remained respectable despite brushes with hail and heavy rains. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport reported 76.3 percent of its departures were on time in December, 10th among major airports worldwide. Sea-Tac was fourth among major U.S. airports behind Charlotte, Phoenix and Houston.
SeaTac-based Alaska Airlines was second among major carriers in on-time arrivals with 80.57 percent of its flights on time – bettered only by United Airlines, with 82.61 percent of its flights arriving in a timely fashion last month.