TAMPA — The on-time performance of the largest airlines serving Tampa International Airport improved in August, with 79.6 percent of flights arriving within 15 minutes of schedule, compared with a 75.6 percent on-time performance in August 2012, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation report released Wednesday.
That contrasts with a decline in on-time performance at all U.S. airports to 78.8 percent in August from 79.1 percent in August 2012.
Tampa International ranked 13th among the nation’s 29 major airports in August arrivals performance, compared with 21st a year ago. Salt Lake City International Airport was the nation’s best, with an 87.4 percent on-time record, and San Francisco International the worst at 62.6 percent.
Arrivals performance generally is determined by en-route conditions and departure activities at the airport where the flights originate. But Tampa International also customarily avoids local air traffic congestion problems that trouble arrivals, particularly those at airports serving New York.
JetBlue’s Flight 426 from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Tampa was rated “chronically delayed” for three consecutive months, indicating more than 50 percent of arrivals were delayed more than 30 minutes, the DOT report states.