Dulles, Reagan National led airports for Jan. on-time departures

WASHINGTON — Travelers using Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport in January likely got off the ground on time, with both airports near the top for timely departures in January.

At Dulles, 82.74 percent of all flights left on time in January. At Reagan National, 82.5 percent of flights did.

Only Charlotte Douglas International Airport, where 84.04 percent of all flights left when scheduled, scored better with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

BWI Marshall Airport ranked a little lower in January, with a departure rate of 79.26 percent.

All three regional airports did much better this January, than they did a year ago, when Dulles, Reagan National and BWI Marshall were ranked 21, 22, and 23 respectively out of the 30 largest airports for on-time departures.

For all of 2016, Dulles had the sixth best on-time departure rate. Reagan National ranked No. 12 for on-time departures. BWI Marshall ranked No. 16 out of 30 for all of last year.

For the fifth year in a row, Salt Lake City International Airport did best for getting passengers off the ground when scheduled last year, with an on-time departure rate of 87.5 percent.

Newark Liberty International Airport had the worst on-time performance last year, with nearly one in four flights leaving late.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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