A number of US airlines are resorting to the practice of adopting larger “schedule buffers” by increasing flight times to ensure better on-time performance. In 2012, one in five domestic flights arrived early in the US – the highest recorded early arrival rate since DOT started keeping such records in 1987.
This is partly because average flight times have significantly increased when compared to the previous years. For example, an average Boston Logan-to-New York LaGuardia flight took 60 minutes in 1995, but took 75 minutes in 2012. Early arrivals on the route increased from 2 percent in 1995 to 38 percent in 2012.
Read more about this new trend in the USA Today story:
Airlines pad flight schedules to boost on-time records