Feb 17, 2023 - News

Richmond airport's on-time rate is better than average

Share of flights departing on time from <b style='text-decoration: underline; text-underline-position: under; color: #15a0ff;'>RIC</b> and  <b style='text-decoration: underline; text-underline-position: under; color: #858585;'>all U.S. airports</b>
Data: BTS; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Eighty-three percent of flights from Richmond International Airport departed on time in November 2022, per the latest Bureau of Transportation Statistics data.

The big picture: At the national level, airlines performed admirably throughout the fall of 2022, with on-time departure rates at or above 80% between September and November.

Zoom in: Across the 26 cities with Axios Local newsrooms, the Washington, D.C. area's Dulles International Airport had the best on-time performance in November 2022, at 88%.

  • Denver — where brutal storms tend to snarl wintertime operations — had the lowest, at 76%.

Yes, but: This dataset doesn't include December's meltdown at Southwest Airlines, which led to thousands of cancellations and delays at that particular carrier nationwide.

  • Breeze Airways, which operates multiple flights out of RIC, is also not included because it's "not large enough to be among the carriers required to report on-time data to BTS," the agency tells Axios.

Be smart: Because airlines' systems and routes are so interconnected, problems at one airport or in one region tend to cascade across the country.

  • Foul weather in, say, Chicago can mean delays in Houston because planes get stuck and can't make their next planned leg.

The bottom line: Generally speaking, on-time performance tends to dip in the summer (thanks to thunderstorms and the vacation rush) and winter (due to blizzards and holiday crowds) and improve in the spring and fall.

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