If your flight didn’t depart on time last month from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, you and your fellow passengers were among a small minority of tardy travelers.
New figures from flight-tracking company FlightStats.com showed Sea-Tac was the most on-time major international airport in the world last month. According to the Portland-based flight-tracking company, 91.18 percent of Sea-Tac’s flights departed on time in 2013’s second month.
Sea-Tac surpassed perennial overachiever Tokyo Haneda Airport which was in second place with 90.83 percent of its flights leaving on schedule.
Phoenix was third with 87.66 percent on-time. The average on-time performance for the world’s 35 busiest airports was 73.29 percent.
Two airlines headquartered near the airport also won top spots on the on-time honor roll last month.
Horizon Air, which flies regional routes for Alaska Airlines, was North America’s top carrier for on-time performance with 93.33 percent of its flights arriving on time. Alaska Airlines was the best performer among North American major carriers with 90.56 percent of its flights arriving on schedule in February.
Delta was second with 86.35 percent of its flights operating on time. Overall, North American airlines delivered their passengers to the gate within 15 minutes of the scheduled time 79.21 percent of the time in February. The federal Department of Transportation considers a flight on time if it arrives or departs within 15 minutes of its scheduled time.
Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are owned by Alaska Air Group.