The U.S. Department of Transportation says on-time performance is the best it has been at airports across the county 20 years – essentially, the best it has been since the U.S. DOT started calculating national on-time percentages in 1992. Among major air carriers, over 84 percent of flights are reaching their destinations on time or with time to spare.

Glenn Januska, the manager at Casper-Natrona County International Airport, says the national statistics reflect positively upon major U.S. carriers.

“When you start looking at the best numbers, that’s not just a year of good air traffic and good weather,” Januska said. “That also goes toward the airlines’ best efforts.”

On-time rates in Casper are strong. Bureau of Transportation statistics say Casper, at 88 percent, outpaced the national average by five percent in June. Januska attributes this to dependable aircraft and quality service at his airport.

“The aircraft we have here have been probably more reliable than maybe it has been in past years,” Januska said. “The airlines and SkyWest do a great job with ground handling flights, and I think it’s just a quality operation that we have and a good product.”

At 88 percent, Casper-Natrona County International Airport has seen a four percent improvement in on-time performance since 2007.

National lost baggage rates are also the lowest they’ve ever been. Currently, less than three in 100 passengers report a lost bag upon completing their trip – that number was closer to four bags lost out of every 100 passengers last year.