DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Frontier Airlines recorded the worst on-time arrival percentage of any national airline in July and the second-worst arrival rate of any airline at Denver International Airport, marking a blip to what otherwise has been a good year in its efforts to avert delays in its flights.
The Denver-based carrier brought just 63.3 percent of its nationwide flights in within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time in July, according to the monthly Air Travel Consumer Report issued Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
It was by far its worst month so far in 2016 — its previous monthly low was 75.6 percent in June — and was significantly below the all-industry on-time arrival rate of 75.2 percent in July.
Frontier President and CEO Barry Biffle had made improving arrivals a priority after the airline had finished no better than 11th of 13 companies during any of the four quarters in 2015, spearheading a policy of getting the first flight for each plane off the ground on time to avoid any domino effects of late arrivals pushing back subsequent flights even further. And it appeared to have worked so far, with Frontier finishing as high as fourth during some months and recording on-time arrival rates that peaked at 87.3 percent in February.
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