73.8% of domestic flights departed Salt Lake City International on time in December 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Context: That’s down from 86.5% in November 2022, a 12.7 percentage point drop, per recently released data from the department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
The big picture: Nationally, just 69.1% of December’s flights departed on time.
Zoom in: Salt Lake’s Airport got 3.1 inches of snow last November, while December saw 22.6 inches pile up, the airport’s director of communications and marketing Nancy Volmer told Axios SLC.
Zoom out: Salt Lake City International Airport typically has a strong reputation for its on-time service, ranking third globally and first in North America for on-time service in 2022, according to a study by aviation analytics firm Cirium.
Driving the news: The real story in December was, of course, Southwest Airlines’ epic meltdown.
Yes, but: All indications so far suggest Southwest has recovered nicely since December, though BTS’ data reports lag by about three months.
What they’re saying: “We spend a lot of money on technology and recently put in a new state-of-the-art maintenance system, a new reservation system and a new human capital workday system,” Southwest CEO Bob Jordan told Axios’ Eleanor Hawkins.
The bottom line: December was truly just as bad as it seemed, the data shows.
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