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American On-Time Arrivals Fall to 54% as Delays Spread

American Airlines’ on-time performance tumbled to 54 percent amid flight cancellations and delays that the carrier blames on a pilot shortage and increased maintenance issues.

Almost 800 flights failed to arrive on time yesterday, including 291 that were late by more than 44 minutes, according to FlightStats.com, an industry data tracker. Only 37 percent of flights arrived within 15 minutes of schedule on Sept. 17, when there were 1,070 delays, FlightStats data showed.