Columbus air travel slowly improving
Nearly 83% of domestic flights from John Glenn International Airport departed on time last November, slightly better than the national rate.
The big picture: Nationwide, airlines performed admirably throughout the fall of 2022, with on-time departure rates at or above 80% between September and November, per the latest Bureau of Transportation Statistics data.
- That's up significantly from last summer, when staff shortages and foul weather combined to muck up the complex, interconnected web that is the air travel system.
Zoom in: Across our Axios Local cities, the Washington, D.C., area's Dulles International Airport had the best on-time performance in November, at 88%.
- Denver — where brutal storms often snarl wintertime operations — had the lowest, at 76%.
Be smart: Because airlines' systems and routes are so interconnected, problems at one airport or region tend to cascade across the country.
- On-time performance also tends to dip in the busy summer and winter seasons.
What we're watching: How airport performance might be impacted by increasing demand.
- The number of air travelers through Columbus continues to climb since 2020's pandemic disruptions, with 2022's 7.75 million passengers representing a 27% increase over 2021.
- But that's still just 87% of 2019's record number of total travelers.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to remove a reference to the number of cities with Axios Local newsrooms.
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