Report: Airline travel up year over year

Mark Prado

The number of flights are growing year over year, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Report.

The 526,543 flights operated in February 2023 were up about 6% year-over-year from the 496,531 flights operated in January 2022, but down 6.45% month-over-month from 562,845 flights operated in January 2022.

In February 2023, reporting marketing carriers posted an on-time arrival rate of 79.5% up from 76.2% in January 2023 and up from 76.6% in February 2022. The year-to-date on-time arrival rate for 2023 is 77.8%.

Highest Marketing Carrier On-Time Arrival Rates February 2023 

  1. Delta Air Lines Network – 83.0%
  2. Southwest Airlines – 82.1%
  3. American Airlines Network - 79.4% 

Lowest Marketing Carrier On-Time Arrival Rates February 2023 

  1. Frontier Airlines – 69.0%
  2. JetBlue Airways – 71.9%
  3. Hawaiian Airlines – 73.5%

The report includes which airlines carriers canceled the most flights and how much baggage was mishandled, among other factoids. 

Other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at The report is designed to inform consumers about the quality of the services that airlines provide.

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