Delta tops list of “most complained about” U.S. airlines

Travel + Leisure just released a survey that compiled airline complaint information from the Department of Transportation. In it, the number of complaints per 100,000 passengers were collected. The results are not much of a surprise – the legacy airlines take up the top spots, followed by low cost airlines and regional feeders.

Here are the top 5 airlines from the list:

  1. Delta Airlines – 1.96 per 100,000 passengers
  2. United Airlines – 1.34 per 100,000 passengers
  3. US Airways – 1.31 per 100,000 passengers
  4. Northwest Airlines – 1.21 per 100,000 passengers
  5. American Airlines – 1.07 per 100,000 passengers

The list is based on data from the previous year, so Delta and Northwest are still listed separately. As usual, the low cost carriers score very well – JetBlue made tenth place and Southwest Airlines doesn’t show up till the 19th spot – with a mere .21 complaints per 100,000 passengers. Click here for the complete list, along with responses from the airlines and some background information on how they may have reached their spot.

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