TAMPA — January was one of the worst winter months in recent commercial aviation history with just 63 percent of the flights at Tampa international Airport arrived on-time, compared with 67.7 percent of flights on-time nationwide, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported Tuesday.
Tampa International ranked 23rd nationwide among the 29 largest airports in on-time arrivals, defined as within 15 minutes of schedule, compared with ranking 12th in January 2013 with a 83.4 percent on-time arrivals rate.
The Tampa airport characteristically ranks among the top 10 best airports in on-time arrivals and departures performance, but severe winter weather in the Midwest and Northeast contributed to the unusual performance this winter.
Arrivals performance at Tampa International generally is determined by departure times from the originating airports and en-route conditions, compared with New York and Chicago area airports where arriving planes frequently must fly holding patterns during busy periods of the day.
Nationwide, the rate of canceled flights in January was the second-highest ever, at 6.5 percent of scheduled flights, the U.S. DOT reported. Reports of mishandled bags jumped more than 50 percent to 5.5 reports per 1,000 passengers.
A Tampa International report on the impact of seven winter storms elsewhere in both January and February resulted in 425 flight cancellations and 2,512 delays.