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Do you check for a flights on time statistics before you choose your flights?

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I'm wondering if I should now check on time statistics before deciding which flight to choose. Do some airports have poorer on time statistics than others and Charlotte happens to be one of the delay prone airports?

I have been watching the departure times for a USAirways flight CLT to LHR that we will be taking in early September. What I am seeing is that the flight on time statistics for the last 3 weeks is horrible. Half the flights depart one, two or three hours late, one was 5 hours late and a flight this week was cancelled completely and since it was a turn around so was the return flight London to Charlotte.

The problem appears to be at CLT--Today the flight left 3 hours late due to aircraft maintenance, then it was reported to be air congestion on a previous flight and then back again to aircraft maintenance.

After arriving at LHR we are taking the train to Cardiff--since I had noticed the poor flight stats before purchasing my train tickets I opted to purchase the more expensive non-specific train tickets.

We usually fly out of PHL and (luckily) have seldom had a flight delay in the many years we have been traveling internationally. Right now I'm regretting my choice of the CLT to LHR flight this September.

I never thought to check on time statistics for a flight before purchase but I guess I'll have to add that to my things to research before buying a ticket.

Does anyone regularly check on time statitics or is that information not reliable? Thanks for any comments. Deborah

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