Airlines lagging in on-time performance
Published: April 22, 2013 09:24AM
Updated: April 22, 2013 09:24AM
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FILE - In this July 10, 2012 file photo, a United plane prepares to land at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., with the New York City skyline in the background. Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country on Sunday, April 21, 2013, the first day air traffic controllers were subject to furloughs resulting from government spending cuts, though some delays appeared in the late evening in and around New York. The real test, however, will come Monday, when traffic ramps up. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NEW YORK • Airlines are struggling this year to get planes to the gate on time.

U.S. carriers in January and February only saw 80.3 percent of their flights arrive on time, the government reported Thursday. That’s down from a record 84.9 percent during last year’s storm-free winter.

Mother Nature hasn’t been as cooperative. The percent of flights canceled this February doubled to 2.4 percent from 1.2 percent in the same month in 2012.

As for airports, Phoenix had the best on-time departure and arrival rates in February while Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport had the lowest. A flight is still considered on time if it arrives within 15 minutes of its scheduled time.