NEWS FLASH: AIRLINES POST POOR ON-TIME PERFORMANCE
You may be thinking — that’s news? Aren’t the airlines always posting poor on-time performance? If you were an air traveler in 2007, the second-worst year on record, it certainly may seem that way. After all, one-quarter of all flights were delayed last year. If you were hoping for an improvement in 2008, early indicators aren’t encouraging.
According to the Associated Press (via USA Today), “Nearly one-third of commercial flights in the U.S. arrived late or were canceled in January, up slightly from the same month last year . . . ” This was, however, an improvement over December stats, when nearly 40% of flights were delayed or canceled by the major US carriers.
United Airlines had the worst on-time performance, with just 62% of its flights arriving on schedule. However, if you are headed for Hawaii, there’s good news — Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time arrival rate at 94.1%, followed by Aloha Airlines at 93.2%.
My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.
How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.
Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.
Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.
First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.
First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.
Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.
My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.