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Which airlines are the best and worst for on-time arrivals

The latest report from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows which airlines did the best job during that brutal summer travel.

HOUSTON — Remember those "flightmare" scenes from this past summer with thousands of flight delays and cancellations? Air travel got much better this fall, with fewer people flying.

No one can predict what will happen over the holidays.

However, the latest report from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows which airlines did the best job during that brutal summer for travel.

These airlines have the best on-time arrival rates:

  • Delta
  • Alaska
  • Spirit

At the other end is:

  • JetBlue
  • Allegiant
  • Southwest had the worst on-time arrival rates, with the most delays.

From the doesn't that stink file: soaring airfares combined with flight delays!

September airfares were 36 percent higher than one year ago, according to Hopper, and if you have been looking at holiday or spring break fares, you're probably saying that stinks.

Airlines, however, say they are working to prevent a repeat of this summer’s problems by trimming flight schedules to make sure they have enough flight crews and staff.

The downside: fewer flights, and high demand, is why prices have gone up, up and away.

Sure you are not going to change a flight just because your airline did not score well, but it’s a good reminder to look for alternative flights in case yours is delayed or canceled, so you don’t waste your money. 

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