Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Leaving On A Jet Plane

Or not. In addition to dealing with permitted and prohibited items and lost luggage, there's the issue of flight delays.

Flight Delay Information - Air Traffic Control System Command Center. AIRPORT STATUS INFORMATION: "The status information provided on this site indicates general airport conditions; it is not flight-specific."

FlightStats.com. Tracks airport and airline delays. For instance, one could find, as the Wall Street Journal did last month, that AirTran Airways Flight 574 from Atlanta to Newark was on time only 26.4% of the time in November and December 2005, and only 11.1% during the first 26 days of November 2006. Likewise, American Airlines Flight 1914 from Chicago to Newark was on time only 35% of the time during the last two months of 2005, with an average 77-minute delay; in November 2006, the numbers were 14.3% on time and a 67-minute average delay. Registration is required for the site, but it's free.

Also, as you may have heard, effective today, you'll need a passport to fly into Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.

1 comment:

Amelia said...

There's another cool tool out there that can help you predict when to fly, based on estimated ticket prices. It's still in beta, but check out Farecast.