The worst-performing airlines for on-time performance were Spirit Airlines, with a 74.3 percent on-time arrivals rate, JetBlue at 75 percent and Frontier at 76 percent.
Airline have reduced cancellations, according to the federal data. Overall, U.S. airlines canceled nearly 1.2 percent of their scheduled domestic flights, the lowest cancellation rate in in 22 years and down from 1.5 percent in 2015, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics said.
Airlines have improved their baggage handling, too, mishandling 2.7 bags per 1,000 passengers, according to the federal data. That's the lowest since 1987.
Airlines have also reduced the rate of involutarily bumped passengers, with 0.62 per 10,000 passengers in 2016, the lowest rate since 1995.
Airlines on-time arrival rate in 2016
- Hawaiian 91.08
- Alaska 87.33
- Delta 86.48
- SkyWest 82.28
- United 81.71
- Southwest 80.8
- ExpressJet 79.81
- American 79.38
- Virgin America 76.21
- Frontier 76.02
- JetBlue 75.01
- Spirit 74.32
Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics