A recent report by the Chilean Airline Association (Achila) found a 92.5% percent “on time” departure rated for flights from the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport
The data was compiled between July and September of this year and makes Chile’s most important international airport one of the most consistently punctual in the world.
Achila said flight punctuality means that a flight leaves the tarmac no more than 15 minutes after the scheduled departure time.
Flight punctuality at New York City’s Kennedy International Airport as a departure punctuality rate is of 81.92%, according to the US Department of Transportation.
“Constantly delayed flights tarnish the airport’s image and the airline’s image” said Sky Airline president Jurgen Paulmann. “Lost time can’t be refunded”.
In related news, the Obama administration’s new Passenger Bill of Rights will impose heavy fines on airlines for excessive delays. It will take effect in April or May and imposes fines of up to US$27,500 per passenger on airlines that keep passengers waiting for two hours without food and water, or when departure delay exceeds three hours.
Kamille Go - Santiago Times