Q. How do I access Airline On-Time Statistics?

Answer

Sources of Airline On-Time Statistics

There are several ways to access statistics on on-time performance, delays, and cancelations.


Prepared Tables

  • Access monthly Airline On-Time Statistics Press Releases

  • Access monthly Air Travel Consumer Reports by carrier and airport (including mishandled-baggage statistics)

  • Access Airline On-Time Tables (arrival and departure performance rankings)


Simple Searches

  • Access On-Time Performance - Flight Delays at a Glance by year and month

  • Access Airline On-Time Statistics and Delay Causes


Detailed Statistics

Access the raw data in TranStats

On the left side under "Data Finder" select "Aviation" for a list of aviation databases

Select "Aviation"

Under the main column "Data Library: Aviation" select the 5th dataset "Airline On-Time Performance Data"

Select "Airline On-Time Performance Data"

 

To view 1 or 2 fields (such as on-time arrival percentage by carrier and destination airport), select the "On-Time Performance" database

Select "On-Time Performance" link

 

Select "Analysis" next to the field name you want to view

Select "Analysis"

 

To add more variables select "Crosstabs" from the left margin under "Analysis Type" or click "Time Series" to see multiple years

Select "Crosstabs"

 

Tip: we recommend using "Unique Carrier" for your airline field

Select "Unique Carrier" for AirlineID

 

To export the dataset to Excel, click "Download Results"

Select "Download results"

 

To narrow your search use the "Search the Results" box in the left margin. Separate your search terms with commas. (Example: UA,DL,WN United,Delta,Southwest)

Select "Search the Results"


Download Bulk Data

Access the raw data in TranStats

  • Some fields like tail number and flight number are only available through the "Download" function

  • You can only download one month of data at a time

On the left side under "Data Finder" select "Aviation" for a list of aviation databases

Select "Aviation"

 

Under the main column "Data Library: Aviation" select the 5th dataset "Airline On-Time Performance Data"

Select "Airline On-Time Performance Data"

 

To access multiple fields or search data for a specific flight, click "Download" under the description of the database

Select "Download"

 

  • Use the "Filter Geography" menu to narrow state of origin/destination 
  • Use the "Filter Year" and "Filter Period" to narrow the date range.
  • Select the boxes for the fields you want.
  • Remember to select performance/summary fields (e.g. DepDelay, Canceled) along with any other fields you need, such as origin and carrier.

Limit search results with "Filter Geography", "Filter Year", "Filter Period", and "Field Names"

 

 

Select "Download" after you have completed filtering the data. You will need to extract the data to your computer and open it with a program such as Microsoft Access, SPSS or SAS. 

Select "Download" after filtering data


Purchase Data

Contact a commercial data service to purchase analyzed Bureau of Transportation (BTS) airline data.

Disclaimer: These private-sector sites and/or companies are not necessarily recommended, maintained, or endorsed by the US DOT or any US Government office. We offer these suggestions strictly as a convenience, should you be interested in exploring their services.


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  • Last Updated Jul 19, 2017
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  • Answered By David Martin

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