A Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200 takes off at San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco
A Hawaiian Airlines Airbus takes off at San Francisco International Airport in Feb. 2015. Louis Nastro—Reuters

See Which Airlines Are Most Likely to Be On Time

Dec 17, 2015

Amid all the stresses of holiday travel, perhaps none is as dreaded as the flight delay.

U.S. airlines expect to launch 38.1 million passengers on flights across the globe this holiday season, 3% more than last year, according to an airline industry group. Inevitably some of those travelers will see their flights delayed or canceled.

Your chance of getting stuck at an airport depends partly on which airline you choose. The top on-time rating, based on federal data from 2014, goes to Hawaiian Airlines, which was on schedule 92% of the time, benefiting from the reliably good weather where its operations are based. At the bottom is Southwest Airlines, where 73% of flights were on time in 2014. The metric takes into account flights that were delayed or canceled for a variety of reasons, ranging from bad weather to mechanical problems.

See more details in this interactive chart:

Methodology

The interactive includes the nine U.S. airlines that reported data to the federal Department of Transportation; airlines that comprise at least 1% of domestic flights are required to provide some of the data, while others provided it to the DOT voluntarily. The "fees" metric includes both baggage fees and reservation cancellation and change fees.

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