Anchorage Airport’s most on-time and delayed airlines in 2013



At we think few things can ruin a good vacation more than a delayed flight. With more and more awards with miles requiring you have to make a connection to get where you want to go, on time flights are more important than ever.

Specifically for Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC), analyzed raw data released this week by the Department of Transportation detailing the on-time performance of airlines during all of 2013. The DOT defines an on-time flight as one that arrives or departs within 15 minutes of the scheduled time.

For Anchorage in 2013…

United ranked at the bottom

Only 72% of United flights to and from Anchorage were on time in 2013, which is worse than its national average of 79%. With over 3,000 flights to and from Anchorage in 2013, United was the second largest carrier.

Alaska’s big operation led the on-time rankings

Alaska Airlines had the best overall record with 87% of flights on time and the average flight running right on schedule with an average delay of 0 minutes. That number factors flights that arrived early less those that arrived late.  Alaska is the largest airline by far at Anchorage with nearly 30,000 flights to and from the airport in 2013.

Merger partners didn’t fare well 

American and US Airways, which have now merged, ranked near the bottom of on-time performance. Just 74% and 76% of their flights were on time last year. American flights were the latest arrivals overall, with its flights running 15 minutes late on average.

Anchorage ran more on time than the nation

Ted Stevens International was a punctual airpot in 2013, with 86% of flights on time versus the national average of 79%. The average flight was just one minute behind schedule..

“Anchorage Ted Stevens International did very well for on time performance,” said Brian Karimzad, director of “Alaska Airlines is uniquely prepared for conditions in Anchorage and its strong performance lifted the airport overall, making Anchorage one of the more reliable airports in the nation.”

Summary Statistics – Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport Departing and Arriving Flights

% On TimeNational AvgMins LateTotal Flights
Alaska87%89%0 29,056
Delta86%85%1 2,621
Virgin America82%83%8164
US Airways76%84%6772
American Airlines Inc.74%78%15290
United72%79%10 3,366
All Airlines86%79%1 37,043

Source: Department of Transportation

% On Time: % of flights arriving or departing airport within 15 minutes of schedule

% On Time (National Average):  % of all flights operating in the U.S. arriving or departing  within 15 minutes of schedule

Average Minutes Late: Average minutes behind schedule for all flights during the year – both those considered on-time (within 15 minutes of schedule) and those considered late (more than 15 minutes behind schedule.)

Total Flights: Total flights to and from airport operated by the airline.

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