Delta tops US airlines in on-time performance; budget carrier Spirit finishes last

Here are the government’s rankings of the leading airlines and their on-time performance for September. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives within 14 minutes of schedule.

1. Delta Air Lines, 90.5 per cent

2. Alaska Airlines, 88.7 per cent

3. Southwest Airlines, 87.8 per cent

4. Virgin America, 86.4 per cent

5. United Airlines, 86.2 per cent

6. ExpressJet, 85.8 per cent

7. Frontier Airlines, 85.8 per cent

8. American, US Airways 85.6 per cent

9. SkyWest Airlines, 85.3 per cent

10. Envoy Air, 84.7 per cent

11. Hawaiian Airlines, 84.2 per cent

12. JetBlue Airways, 80.0 per cent

13. Spirit Airlines, 76.7 per cent

Total for all reporting airlines: 86.5 per cent

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

American Airlines and US Airways were previously reported separately. Envoy Air is owned by American Airlines Group Inc. The report does not cover smaller airlines including Allegiant Air and many regional carriers.