by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – The number of cancelled domestic flights has dropped to an all-time low, with less than one-third of one percent of flights being scrapped in November 2016, the US Department of Transportation announced.
The cancellation rate of .29% was the lowest since records began in January 1995 and down more than two-thirds from the 1% rate the month prior, the Air Travel Consumer Report stated.
In addition, the 86.5% on-time arrival rate for the same month was a slight improvement from October 2016.
Fewer Lost Bags
While more travelers are getting to their destinations and with fewer delays, they’re also arriving with more of their checked baggage. The same report found the rate of mishandled baggage or lost bags (2.02 reports per 1,000 passengers) was the lowest in three decades—since November 1987. Read the full news release.
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Airlines have made large investments in recent years in baggage processing upgrades, including expanded use of RFID tracking devices inside baggage tags. Delta is using a new, $50 million real-time tracking system that includes cell phone alerts and a built-in map on its mobile app to show a bag’s location, CBS News reported in November 2016.
More than 23 million bags worldwide were mishandled by airlines in 2015, the most recent year figures were available, CBS News reported.
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