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Hawaii airports score good on-time records

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

WASHINGTON and HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii airports have some of the best on-time records in the nation, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation statistics.

August data released Tuesday in Washington showed 91% of flights leaving Lihue International Airport on time, 92% of departures at Honolulu, Kauluhi and Hilo, and 93% at Kona.

The DOT counts a departure as being on time if it pushes back from the gate within 15 minutes of scheduled departure time.

Major airports, including most of the West Coast airports used by Hawaii residents and visitors, tend to have very much on-time records for early morning flights, with performances falling dramatically through the afternoon. For example, Phoenix SkyHarbor scored 96% in the 6:00 a.m. hour and 75% in the 10:00 p.m. hour during August.

Hawaiian Airlines, which routinely wins top honors for airline on-time records, did so again in the new report, with an on-time record of 96%. No other carrier came close. Alaska Airlines was second at 89%, followed by Continental at 87% and United at 85%. Alaska scored highest at SeaTac and United highest at San Francisco.

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