Mar 27, 2023 - News
Storms hit DTW on-time departures
Detroit Metro had fewer on-time departures when winter storms disrupted holiday travel, new government data shows.
By the numbers: 77.5% of domestic flights departed Detroit Metro on time in December 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
- That's down from 86.2% in November 2022, an 8.7 percentage point drop, per recently released data from the department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Zoom out: Nationally, just 69.1% of December's flights departed on time.
- That monthly figure is generally between 75%-80%, albeit with predictable dips in the busy — and often meteorologically challenging — summer and winter travel seasons, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick and Kavya Beheraj report.
Between the lines: The real story in December was, of course, Southwest Airlines' meltdown.
- 61.6% of December Southwest flights departed DTW on time compared to 57.3% nationally.
The big picture: Southwest has promised to update key systems that exacerbated December's meltdown, as well as to better communicate with passengers whose flights are delayed or canceled in the future.
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