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Midway hits nine straight last-place finishes


On-time Carrier arrival %

1. United 84.3

2. American 79.8

3. US Airways 78.4

4. Continental 75.6

5. Delta Air Lines 74.1

6. Southwest 74.8

U.S. Dept. of Transportation Statistics for Major Carriers for January

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

If you’re habitually late for airline flights, Midway Airport might be your best bet.

In January, for the ninth month in a row, Midway finished at the bottom of the list among 29 airports in on-time departures, according to numbers released Monday by the U.S. Department of Transportation Statistics.

Only 60 percent of the flights from Midway left on time in January, compared to 73.9 percent at O’Hare, which wound up in 21st place. The top-rated airport was Seattle-Tacoma International, where 85.1 percent of flights took off on time.

Midway’s performance reflects that of its dominant carrier, Southwest Airlines.

Among major domestic carriers, Southwest was last in on-time arrival performance nationwide, with a January rate measured at 74.8 percent. However this showed some improvement over the previous month’s number: 67.3 percent.

Midway’s departure times, though mired in last place, also appear to be making a comeback. January’s 60 percent on-time percentage is more than a 10-point jump from December when it posted an abysmal 49.9 percent on-time rate.

Southwest’s on-time performance does not appear to be affecting its popularity. The U.S. leading discount carrier reported that it has been significantly busier in the first two months of this year. In January the carrier’s passenger load increased by more than 700,000 over the previous January, while in February it carried 400,000 more passengers.

This month, however, the carrier prompted howls from many customers when it changed its rewards program from one based on the number of trips taken to one based in the cost of the airline ticket.

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