Determinants of Airline Flight Delays

by Adam Clarke

Institution: University of Florida
Year: 2016
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2119455
Full text PDF: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00046909


This paper isolates the factors that airlines have control over and demonstrate that many airline delays are caused by airlines making a tradeoff for lower costs at the expense of greater delays, while other airlines make the opposite tradeoff. To perform this analysis, regressions were run on over 5.5 million domestic flights spanning 14 airlines. While the R-squared was too low to accurately forecast the delay of a particular plane, all of the variables were ultimately significant in asserting that airlines do in fact separate themselves into high and low cost designations, and that these designations impact the arrival time of their planes.