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On-time departure percentage is tops for major airports in North America
Houston Airport System
March 1, 2011

George Bush Intercontinental Airport recorded a greater percentage of flights departing on-time in January than any other major airport operating in North America.

With a rate of 82 percent, Bush Intercontinental is the only large-market North American facility to make the global list of top ten airports for on-time departures in the first month of the year.

The data comes from the “Airline and Airport On-Time Performance Report,” which is generated by FlightStats Analytics. The report represents a snapshot of how airlines and airports dealt with a severe blast of cold weather that rocked most portions of the country during the month of January.

“It was definitely a challenging month due to the severe weather,” said Bush Intercontinental Airport general manager Mary Case. “But it was also a chance for us to put some of our planning into practice and obviously this ranking reflects a job well done by the entire team.”

George Bush Intercontinental Airport finished the month by watching 82 percent of its flights depart on time. That accomplishment is even more impressive when compared to the national January on-time departure rate of 71 percent.

Severe cold gripped much of the nation during the month of January, causing massive delays and cancellations at airport facilities across the country. Nationwide, the 40 largest airlines in the U.S. cancelled a combined 33,372 flights in January 2011. That number represents an increase of almost 86 percent in the number of cancellations recorded in January 2010. 


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January 2011 on-time statistics were very impressive at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

But even with the weather-related challenges, team members at George Bush Intercontinental Airport still managed to record on-time statistics that help set the industry standard.

When ranking the top ten airports in the world for on-time departure efficiency in January, Bush Intercontinental Airport is the only North American airport represented, with five coming from Asia and four from Europe.

In the list of large-market North American airports, Bush Intercontinental was followed by facilities in Mexico City, Seattle, Charlotte, Portland, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. “This type of global recognition helps us in a couple of key areas,” Case says.

“Not only does it assure the existing airlines that we’re running an extremely efficient operation at Bush Intercontinental, but it also helps us attract the attention of new airlines that may be looking to expand into new markets. They can consider Houston in those plans, knowing that operational efficiency is very strong at Bush Intercontinental Airport.”

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