U.S.-based airlines landed fewer flights on time in May compared with the same time last year as the industry adjusted to full schedules following the furloughs of air traffic controllers because of sequester cuts by the FAA.
For the month, nearly four out of every five flights in the United States were on time. The arrival rate of 79.4 percent matched what the industry has done for the first five months of the year, according to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
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In April, airline on-time performance slipped as air traffic control centers were understaffed because of FAA sequester cuts. After nearly two weeks of long delays, Congress approved funding that allowed full staffing of air traffic control centers.