SFO gets low on-time marks, vows to improve

San Francisco International Airport officials announced Monday that they are committed to improving the airport's on-time arrival rate.

The announcement followed the recent release of on-time arrival data by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Travel Statistics.

The data, which measured the timeliness of flights at the country's 32 largest airports between Jan. 1 and July 31, placed SFO at No. 20 on the

list.

According to the bureau, the airport's on-time arrival rate was 71.2 percent–a slight increase over the airport's 2006 rate of 70.1 percent.

Officials said that the airport's on-time arrival rate for the month of July alone was 66.46 percent but attributed the drop to thunderstorm conditions in the Midwest and East Coast that affected most airports.

“On-time performance is important to everyone at SFO, our passengers, our carriers and our employees,'' said John Martin, airport director. “By working cooperatively with all stakeholders, the Federal Aviation Administration, the air carriers and technology experts, we will continue to find ways to improve both our capacity and on-time performance.''

Oakland International Airport was ranked first in the country between Jan. 1 and July 31 with an on-time arrival rate of 79.93 percent, according to the bureau.

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