WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) has designated 18 U.S. airlines to report 2018 on-time performance and denied boarding data for domestic flights and 13 U.S. airlines to report 2018 mishandled baggage data for domestic flights.
Beginning in 2018, airlines with at least one-half of one percent of the total scheduled-service domestic passenger revenue for the 12-months ending December 2016 ($453.13 million) will be required to report on-time performance and denied boarding data to BTS. The threshold for mandatory reporting for on-time performance and denied boarding had previously been at least one percent of the total scheduled-service domestic passenger revenue for all airlines. That revenue level was in effect from 1987 through 2017.
The threshold for mandatory reporting was lowered when the Department issued a new rule, Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections III, which reduced the airline revenue requirement to one-half of one percent for on-time performance and denied boarding reporting effective 2018 and to one-half of one percent for mishandled baggage reporting effective 2019.
All 12 airlines that currently report airline performance data will continue to report. In addition, Envoy Air, which last reported in 2015, qualified under the one percent threshold of $906.261 million and will report in 2018. Five other airlines are required to report on-time performance and denied boarding data under the new, lower, one-half of one percent threshold. These five airlines are Allegiant Airlines, Endeavor Air, Mesa Airlines, PSA Airlines, and Republic Airlines. Endeavor and Mesa reported in previous years. The last reporting year for both was 2013.
18 airlines to report on-time performance and denied boarding data in 2018: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Endeavor, Envoy, ExpressJet Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Mesa, PSA, Republic, SkyWest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin America.
13 airlines to report mishandled baggage data in 2018: Alaska, American, Delta, Envoy, ExpressJet, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, SkyWest, Southwest, Spirit, United, and Virgin America.
Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections III also requires that reporting carriers that market domestic scheduled codeshare flights operated by another carrier file separate on-time performance and denied boarding reports for codeshare flights marketed under only one U.S. carrier’s code. This requirement applies to all codeshare affiliates, regardless of whether the affiliate reports airline performance data to BTS.
On-time performance and mishandled baggage numbers are released monthly in the Air Travel Consumer Report. Denied boarding data is released quarterly. Additional on-time data can be found on the BTS website at Flight Delays at-a-Glance, Search by Flight Number, and the Airline On-Time Performance Database.