On time, most of the time

southwest jet

A few interesting local bits from a Brookings Institution report out this week about air travel delays:

Arrivals
ALB was on pace for about 1.3 million arriving passengers this year. That's down more than 5 percent from last year and almost 6 percent from five years ago. But it's up 42 percent from 10 years ago.

On time
Arrivals at ALB were on pace this year to be on time 78.5 percent of the time. That ranks #54 among the top 100 metros. And it was just about even with the national average (78.9 percent)

Delays
The average time of delay for a late arrival was on track to be 54.2 minutes this year -- that ranks 37th best among the top 100 metros.

Brookings also figured out the top 10 air corridors linking to the Capital Region. That list is after the jump...

Rank - Metropolitan Connection - Distance - Passengers


  1. Baltimore‐Towson, MD - 288 - 443,137

  2. Chicago‐Naperville‐Joliet, IL‐IN‐WI - 720 - 412,904

  3. Washington‐Arlington‐Alexandria, DC‐VA‐MD‐WV - 322 - 254,453

  4. New York‐Northern New Jersey‐Long Island, NY‐NJ‐PA - 136 - 211,426

  5. Orlando‐Kissimmee, FL - 1,073 - 210,326

  6. Charlotte‐Gastonia‐Concord, NC‐SC - 646 - 205,114

  7. Philadelphia‐Camden‐Wilmington, PA‐NJ‐DE‐MD - 212 - 189,026

  8. Detroit‐Warren‐Livonia, MI - 488 - 184,013

  9. Atlanta‐Sandy Springs‐Marietta, GA - 852 - 135,242

  10. Cleveland‐Elyria‐Mentor, OH - 424 - 94,200 10


BWI isn't a surprising #1, considering it's a major node for Southwest, which flies the most flights in and out of ALB.

photo: Flickr user samholland

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