Airline On-Time Performance Declines in 2007

It may not be a news flash to frequent air travelers, but fewer flights were on time and more baggage was mishandled in 2007 than in 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report, issued last week.

The on-time arrival rate dropped to 73 percent in 2007, down from 75 percent in 2006, while there were seven reports of mishandled baggage per 1,000 passengers, up from 6.7 per 1,000 in 2006. In addition, the number of complaints about airline service

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