Nothing can disturb holiday travel faster than a delayed flight. Weather disturbances might be unavoidable, but there are few things you can do when planning your travel to help avoid delays and disruptions.
Pay attention to specific routes and their on-time performance. A few to watch out for include: American Airlines Flight 890 between Dallas-Forth Worth and Tampa; Southwest Flight 1890 between Kansas City and Baltimore; and American Airlines Flight 145, which has an average delay of 82 minutes.
Pay attention to factors such as the time of day you’re traveling. Morning flights tend to be more dependable than later in the day. Use resources such as the DOT’s Air Travel Consumer Report and FlightStats to arm yourself with information before you even book your flight.
Check out Peter’s previous reports in the “5 Things Travelers Don’t Know” series including the 5 Things Cruise Lines Don’t Want You to Know, 5 Things Hotels Don’t Want You to Know, the 5 Things Airlines Don’t Want You to Know, the 5 Hidden Dangers of Flying with a Pet and the 5 things that Car Rental Companies are Hiding from You, 5 Secrets to Dining Out and the 5 Secrets in Your Restaurant Menu.
For more information about delayed flights, check out:
- American Most Delayed Airport Flights: Why Newark?
- American Airlines vs. Pilots: What’s Really Going On
- Consumers Benefit as the DOT Enforces Tarmac Delay Rule