December was a loopy month for the US airline trade as excessive climate occasions and Southwest Airways vacation meltdown left hundreds of passengers stranded throughout the nation. The complete extent of the complicated journey season was at grasp on Thursday after the Division of Transportation (DOT) launched its December 2022 Air Journey Client Report, which reported that solely 69% of all flights posted an on-time arrival fee throughout the month.
A large blow to on-time performances
In December, US carriers operated 547,134 flights, an 81.33% restoration in comparison with pre-pandemic December 2019 ranges (672,765 flights). The collection of occasions that impacted the trade nationwide led to excessive numbers of canceled and delayed flights, based on the DOT report.
Reporting advertising carriers posted an on-time arrival fee of 69.0% in December 2022, down from 80.0% in November 2022 and down from 78.2% in December 2019, mentioned the DOT on Thursday. Not a single US provider had an on-time arrival fee of over 80%, with Delta Air Traces posting the most effective efficiency at 77.5%. American Airways and United Airways accomplished the highest three with 73.7% and 71.8%, respectively.
On the opposite facet of the spectrum Frontier Airways, Allegiant Air, and Hawaiian Airways had the bottom on-time arrival charges in December. Their charges had been 56.6%, 57.2%, and 58.1%, respectively. Southwest didn’t rank among the many airways with essentially the most delayed flights as a result of its meltdown compelled the provider to cancel hundreds of providers reasonably than delay them.
Many of the delays in December had been attributed on to operational points by every airline.
The US carriers canceled 5.4% of their scheduled home flights in December 2022, based on the DOT. This share was increased than the 1.1% fee in November 2022 and December 2019.
Southwest Airways accounted for 54.41% of all cancellations throughout the nation. The airline canceled 14,042 flights from December 24 to December 31, the DOT reported. All through the month, Southwest canceled 14.6% of its scheduled flights. Alaska Airways adopted with 7.6% and Allegiant Air with 5.3%.
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On the opposite facet, the airways that canceled the fewest variety of flights in December had been American Airways (1.8%), JetBlue Airways (1.9%), and Delta Air Traces (2.9%).
In 2022, of the 7.01 million flights scheduled, 2.71% had been canceled, based on the DOT’s report. 4 airways had a share of three% and over of operations canceled within the yr, together with Spirit Airways (3.00%), Southwest Airways (3.26%), Allegiant Air (3.52%), and JetBlue Airways (3.74%).
Mishandling objects and bumping
The DOT reported that 40.4 million luggage had been dealt with in December 2022, of which 1.09% was mishandled within the month. About 26.68% of the mishandlings had been attributed to Southwest. Moreover, about 1.62% of the 62,086 wheelchairs and scooters checked in December had been mishandled.
Lastly, there was a bumping fee of 0.30 per 10,000 passengers in December, increased than the speed of 0.23 within the fourth quarter of 2021. For the calendar yr 2022, the carriers posted a bumping/oversales fee of 0.32 per 10,000 passengers, increased than the pre-pandemic 2019 fee of 0.24, reported the DOT.
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