Harrisburg’s most delayed and on-time airlines



At we think few things can ruin a good vacation more than a delayed flight.

Specifically for Harrisburg International Airport (MDT), compiled and 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 Harrisburg in 2013…

US Airways leads on-time performance

Almost 90% of US Airways flights were on-time in 2013, with the average US Airways flight arriving or departing Harrisburg 1 minute ahead of schedule. Its performance at Harrisburg International was well above its national average of 84%.

Frontier outperforming itself

Frontier, which does not have a strong national on-time reputation, did well in Harrisburg, with its flights to Denver and Orlando operating on time 87% of the time, nearly as well as leader US Airways. This compares to an average national 75% on-time rate for Frontier flights.

American Eagle most delayed

72% of American Eagle flights were delayed into and out of Harrisburg, well below its 78% national average. United was the second most delayed airline with 77% of its Harrisburg flights on-time and the average flight running 11 minutes behind schedule. While Delta’s average flight was 10 minutes behind schedule, its on-time rate was much higher than United at 84%, with more of its flights running slightly behind schedule, and fewer running 15 minutes or more behind, which is the definition of a flight that does not operate on-time.

Harrisburg performed in line with the nation in 2013

With 80% of flights on-time in 2013, Harrisburg’s on-time rate was similar to the national average of 79%.

Summary Statistics – Harrisburg International Airport Departing and Arriving Flights

% On Time% On Time (National Average)Average Minutes LateTotal Flights
US Airways88%84%-1590
Mesa Airlines84%79%42098
Endeavor Air Inc.83%81%63380
American Eagle72%73%132068
All Airlines80%79%713490

Source: Department of Transportation, January-December 2013

% 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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