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Airlines boost on-time performance, but consumers file more complaints about flying


WASHINGTON — More flights are arriving on time but consumer complaints about the airlines have nearly doubled.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that the nation's leading carriers posted an on-time rate of 80.3 percent in August. That's better than July and the previous August.

Delta Air Lines has the best on-time rate, while Spirit Airlines has the worst.

Consumers filed 1,450 complaints with the government against the airlines. That's up from 773 a year earlier. Spirit and Frontier Airlines had the highest complaint rates. Those airlines advertise low fares but charge more fees than most other carriers.

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