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Passengers Endured 115 Million Minutes Of Flight Delays Last Year

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I’ve been working with NPR to discuss a number of the week. This time it’s 115 million — that’s the total number of minutes that domestic flights were delayed last year. But passengers also managed to save 35 million minutes because of early arrivals. Speaking with NPR’s Weekend Edition team, I explain how those numbers are mostly down to airports (good and bad) and airlines (fast and slow).

We crunched the data on 6 million flights to produce an interactive and answer the questions that you’re probably already asking yourself: What sort of delays can I expect? Is the airport to blame? And, ultimately, which airline is going to get me to my destination the fastest?

You can listen to the segment above, do more in-depth reading on the fastest airlines and how we determine delays, or explore our interactive route map.

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Mona Chalabi is data editor at the Guardian US, and a columnist at New York Magazine. She was previously a lead news writer for FiveThirtyEight.