Apr 19, 2024 - News

Tracking flight delays at ATL

Share of flights departing on time from ATL
Data: Bureau of Transportation Statistics; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

86% of flights out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport departed on time in December 2023, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation data.

Why it matters: That's a marked improvement from 74% of flights that left ATL on time in December 2022, when Southwest Airlines' epic meltdown caused a ripple effect across the entire industry.

Zoom out: More than 83% of domestic U.S. flights departed on time in December 2023, compared to 70% that month the previous year.

Zoom in: Florida's Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (89.5%), Salt Lake City International Airport (89.2%) and Hawai'i's Lihue Airport (88.8%) had the best on-time departure performance in December 2023 among airports serving more than 1 million passengers annually.

  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (67.2%), Baltimore/Washington International (69.5%) and Orlando International (76.1%) had the worst on-time performance — not counting Puerto Rico's Luis Muñoz Marín International (75.8%).

The bottom line: 83% is pretty solid nationwide performance — especially during a month when winter storms can really mess with the entire air travel system.

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