Flying gets mixed report in March

On-time performance for airlines improved nation-wide this March, declares a recently released USA Today article. In fact, the 18 largest US carriers' domestic on-time arrival rate reached 80% in March, better than the prior year's rate of 78%. Extreme weather accounted for about 42% of delays. 
The New York region's airports ranked at the bottom of the heap in March of 2009 and 2010. Out of 29 major airports, JFK, LGA, and EWR ranked 25th, 28th, and 29th respectively last March. This March, all three airports were ranked at the very bottom. However, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics points out that beginning March 1, 2010, one of JFK's four runways was closed for construction, which could be contributing to its delays.
Long delays on the tarmac were down in March, with only 25 flights leaving passengers stranded on the tarmac for three hours or more as compared with 61 this past February and 88 in March of 2009. Additionally, mishandled bag reports were down in March, with US carriers posting a rate of 3.72 reports per 1,000 passengers, better than last March's 4.23 and this past February's of 4.01.
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