US Airways, Charlotte slip in on-time rankings

Although it remains one of the better airports for on-time arrivals this year, the Charlotte airport slipped when ranked against other U.S. airports for July flight delays.

About one out of four flights to Charlotte in July landed late, placing the airport 21st among 32 major airports, according to federal statistics released today. In July 2007, Charlotte was 18th, although the on-time arrival rate was worse at 69 percent.

In the first seven months of this year, 76.5 percent of flights into Charlotte/Douglas International landed on time. That was 10th among airports and far better than the 27th place showing – with less than 67 percent – in the same period last year.

US Airways also slipped compared with its peers in July. Charlotte's dominant carrier ranked eighth out of 19 airlines, with a national on-time arrival rate of 78 percent.

For the year, however, US Airways still is the nation's best major airline for on-time arrivals, with 79 percent of flights landing on time through July.

US Airways also is performing much better than at the same point in 2007, when the Tempe, Ariz.-based airline ranked worst for delays in the first seven months.