Track Flights to Avoid Airline Delays

Nearly 20 percent of all flights are delayed. What can you do?

Airline delays frustrate everyone. And there are plenty of reasons to explain why four out of five flights in the U.S. are delayed, including causes by the carriers themselves, weather, the national aviation system, security and simply late arriving aircrafts. But that doesn’t comfort the late traveler who may have been limited to whatever flight he or she selected — they simply stay focused on the importance of getting off the plane where they’re headed in the most timely manner possible.

It also helps explain the popularity of tools to help track airline flights and the endless annual lists of which airlines and airports had the worst performance.

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics has been tracking Airline On-Time Statistics and Delay Causes for all major airports since 2003. And it’s interactive, so check it out for your airports and airlines.

What’s interesting is that despite the vast discussion about delays during this time, the data has barely moved.

But we don’t have to wait for those reports to get this information to make your flight decisions.

That’s why travelers focus on checking their airlines flight status on the day of departure. Will the flight depart late? Is the airport experiencing delays for any reason? What’s happening at your arrival airport? And, sometimes overlooked, what’s happening at the airport where your next flight is originating? We’ve taken a look at flight status delays by airline below, and have included some useful airline flight status tools to help you stay on top of your airlines flight status.

Depending on the month, there are roughly between 55-60 million domestic passengers seats available for airline flights in the U.S. flights, and there are between 25-30 million international passenger seats as well. This, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

And if you think that’s a lot of demand, just imagine the volume of airline traffic happening globally each year: 1.175 billion arrivals in 2014, according to data from The World Bank, a nonprofit organization that is working to free the world of poverty. hat’s a lot of demand.

Navigating this environment is the challenge of business travelers and others who rely on air transportation for work or for fun.

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Rob is editor of Business Travel Destinations. He was voted among the top 10 business travel bloggers by USA TODAY 10Best. Rob reviews international destinations for meetings and events — where business travelers go, the hotels where they stay and their lifestyle preferences on the road. He spent more than a decade planning hundreds of corporate events throughout the U.S. for a Fortune 50 company, including meetings, conferences, seminars, executive retreats and other special events. Rob was previously the event planning guide for About.com (owned by The New York Times Company) from 2007 – 2011. His articles have appeared in business travel publications and travel sites internationally.

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