2007 Was 2nd Worst Ever for Plane Delays

More than 26% of all domestic flights were late or canceled
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 1:08 PM CST
People look at the arrivals board at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Md. in this Nov. 21, 2007 file photo. Domestic airline delays in 2007 were the second worst...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.