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Airlines Keep on Time Rate High

April 8, 2013

Federal budget cuts have not significantly affected U.S. airline on time rates, at least not yet, data show.

From March 18 to April 1, a period that includes the bustling spring-break travel spike, the on-time rate for U.S. airlines came to 79.5 percent, a slight dip from the same period in 2012 when the on-time rate was 81.2 percent, research firm FlightStats reported.

The Los Angles Times reported Sunday Los Angeles International Airport saw its on time rate for the spring break period improve this year compared to last.

LAX's on-time rate climbed from 76.7 percent to 81 percent, FlightStats said.

Federal officials have warned spending cuts associated with sequestration would cause long delays at airports.

"Such delays would affect air travel significantly, potentially causing thousands of passengers to miss flights with negative economic consequences at ... the local and national levels," wrote Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in letter to a congressional panel explaining how she felt the budget cuts would affect travelers.

John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, expressed similar concerns, noting delays would be especially acute during peak travel times, the newspaper said.

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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