by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – Compared to when winter began, airlines had more flight delays and a spike in cancellations in January, new figures released by the U.S. Department of Transportation show.
The results are a setback from November, when the number of cancelled domestic flights dropped to an all-time low, with less than one-third of one percent of flights being scrapped.
The new figures show an on-time arrival rate of 76% in January, down more than five percentage points from the 81.3% rate from January 2016, and down from 86.5% in November 2016.
Also in January, airlines canceled 2% of their scheduled flights within the U.S., a better showing than the 2.6% rate compared to the same period last year, but down from the 1.6% rate in December 2016 and the tiny .29% in November.