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Wondering about your airline’s track record for punctuality? Find out online?
Pick your airline based on punctuality to minimize flight delays
a website that monitors the arrival and departure times of aircraft around the world has released punctuality statistics from some of the world’s top airlines. Here’s a look at how they stack up.
In North America, Hawaiian Airlines took top ranking with a 92 per cent on-time rating, which was just ahead of Alaska Airlines with an 88 per cent on-time rating.
Of Canadian airlines, WestJet scored an on-time rating of 79 per cent, with Air Canada not too far behind at 76 per cent.
Overseas, SAS or Scandinavian Airlines definitely has something to celebrate, as it was once again named Europe’s most on-time airline for the second year in row. More than 90 per cent of SAS’s flights arrived on time between May 1 and July 31, 2010.
Over that same period, Britain’s low-cost Ryanair beat out the pricier British Airways with a punctuality record of 69.18 per cent compared to 68.22 per cent, while U.K. competitor easyJet came in fourth from the bottom, with just over 50 per cent of its flights arriving on time.
Sometimes flight delays are simply an inevitable part of flying, but there are some things you can do to create a better travel experience.
Being prepared is especially important if you’re travelling on connecting flights, when missed flights and delays are more prevalent.
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to rebook your flight because of a major delay or cancellation, try those do-it-yourself kiosks that are found in just about every airport these days. They’ll often save you a load of time that you would otherwise spend standing in line.
And perhaps the best advice in the event of a flight delay: be patient and flexible!
Flightstats.com was created by a technology company that specializes in providing information services to the transportation industry.
In addition to helping the trade, the website offers a useful resource for travellers, providing information on airports and airlines, as well as travel warnings, advisories and downloadable consumer information sheets
You can also download a mobile tool so that when you’re on the go, you can check flight times, track flights, receive email alerts and even find out the local weather conditions before you arrive.
Watch Claire Newell on Global BC News: Final (Mon.), Early (Wed.), Morning & Noon (Thur.), Noon (Sat.). Or catch her Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. on Shore 104 FM.
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