News Article - March 04, 2008

  US Airways continues to improve its on-time performance, finishing first among major airlines in January and helping lift Philadelphia International Airport's ranking to one of its best on-time levels in years, according to federal reports issued today. While US Airways, Philadelphia's largest carrier, remains among the worst in complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation, it has moved up to the middle of the pack in reports of lost or damaged baggage, the reports said.

   Philadelphia International, which often in recent years has finished close to last in on-time arrivals and departures, completed January in the middle of the rankings of the nation's 32 largest airports, a report from the department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said. The airport was No. 15 in on-time departures in January, with a record of 78 percent. It finished in 13th place for on-time arrivals, at 76 percent.

   Across its entire system, US Airways completed 79 percent of its flights within 15 minutes of their schedule during the month. The performance was bested only by the two traditional leaders, Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines, which don't operate where snow, ice or heavy air-traffic congestion are factors in on-time operations. US Airways said it would pay each employee a $50 bonus, shelling out a total of $1.8 million. It was the second month in a row the airline has finished first among the major carriers and paid workers the bonus.

   In system-wide on-time performance, US Airways was followed by Delta Air Lines, AirTran Airways, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Frontier Airlines, Continental Airlines and Alaska Airlines. All of them were at 73 percent or better in January. At Philadelphia, Delta had the best record for on-time arrivals during the month, followed by Frontier, Southwest and US Airways. US Airways finished near the end of the rankings for consumer complaints, No. 17 out of 20 airlines. In baggage handling, US Airways was No. 11, with 7.75 reports filed for every 1,000 passengers.

Source - Philadelphia Inquirer