U.S. airlines lost one pet and killed another in October 2014, according to a recent report from the Transportation Department.
The DOT puts out a Air Travel Consumer Report each month, and it's filled with lots of information -- both the arcane and useful. Here are some non-pet highlights from the October report:
- U.S. airlines had an 80% on-time rate in October, down from 81.1% in September
- As it nearly always is, Hawaiian has the best on-time rate, at 89.7%. Alaska was second (87.2%) and Delta was third (86.8%)
- Delta canceled only 17 flights in the entire month of October. Virgin America, which operates far fewer flights, only canceled two flights. This does not include regional carriers.
- Envoy Airlines, a regional carrier for American Airlines, had the worst October of any airline. Its on-time rate was 66.2%.
- There were no domestic flights and only one international one with a ground delay of more than three hours.
- The DOT received 1,213 service-related complaints, up slightly from September.
- The DOT received 65 disability-related complaints in October, up six from September.
- The DOT received nine discrimination complaints for factors other than disability, including race, religion, national origin and sex. That's up from six in September.