News Article - January 4, 2008

  Philadelphia - US Airways wasn't the biggest part of the problem in November, but Philadelphia International Airport was still one of the most delay-prone in the country, according to government statistics released Thursday. The airport ranked 27th of the nation's 32 largest airports in on-time arrivals for November, with only 74.5 percent of flights reaching their gates on time, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said. That rate was still a measured improvement over its performance the rest of the year, with 67 percent of flights arriving on time over the 11-month period. But it was a significant improvement over the airport's performance the previous November, when only 65 percent of flights arrived on time.

   Unlike in previous months, US Airways wasn't the biggest drag on Philadelphia's on-time performance. The carrier managed to have 78 percent of its Philadelphia-bound flights to their gates within 15 minutes of their scheduled times, third-best in Philadelphia. American Airlines, meanwhile, struggled, with only 66 percent of its flights on time in November. JFK and LaGuardia Airports in New York, along with Newark International and Chicago O'Hare Airports remained among the worst in the country, though overall, the country's airports performed modestly better in on-time performance and baggage handling.

   The Federal Aviation Administration last month allowed Philadelphia to begin using new airspace routes for departing planes, despite objections by residents in Delaware and Gloucester counties angry and the prospect of more noise and pollution from planes flying over their neighborhoods. It remains to be seen what long-term effect the new departure routes will have on on-time performance.

Source - Evening Bulletin