It's now official: 2007 was an awful year for airline delays—the worst since the record delays of 2000. More than 26% of domestic flights were delayed or canceled, due to huge demand and a growing swarm of small planes gobbling up runway space, reports the AP. The airline with the best record was Hawaii's Aloha Airlines, with a 93% on-time arrival rate.
The situation isn't likely to improve soon, especially with many of the country's air traffic controllers nearing retirement, which could cause further delays. "A smaller, less-experienced work force will have an adverse impact on system efficiency," warned a spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.