When a traveler starts to plan a trip or when an airline operator starts to plan air service, they will look at the points of origin and destination for flights. These points of origin and destination are thought of in terms of pairs of cities or pairs of metroplexes. In measuring city-pair performance, the NPS website looks at flights that either originate or conclude at a specific metroplex, such as the New York/Philadelphia metroplex to Southern California. For each city pair, an origin airport (for example, Newark Liberty International, EWR) and a destination airport (for example, Los Angeles International, LAX) are listed. The city pairs are unidirectional (only measuring EWR to LAX in the example above) and the NPS website reports them as recommended by the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC).

All results are reported by Fiscal Year (FY), October 1 — September 30.

Flights can depart outside of the reportable hours, but must arrive during the reportable hours at the destination airport. For a list of the reportable hours for each airport, please see the Reference Guide.

Average Airborne Time (FY) Minutes

During reportable hours at the destination airport, the average Airborne Time for flights between the selected city pair. The reportable hours vary by airport and the results are reported by fiscal year. Additional reportable hour information can be found in the airport information section of the Reference Guide.

Origin Destination 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
DEN LAX 120.7 120.9 121.9 118.9 119.3
DFW LAX 168.1 168.3 169.0 167.6 169.2
EWR LAX 328.2 326.2 328.7 323.9 323.0
LAS LAX 42.5 42.6 42.9 42.6 42.4
LAS SAN 45.6 45.4 45.9 45.4 45.2
LAX PHX 58.9 58.5 58.8 59.2 58.5
LAX SFO 56.7 57.3 56.7 55.7 56.2
PHX SAN 51.0 51.0 51.0 50.6 50.4
SAN SFO 69.6 70.4 69.4 68.1 68.6
Effective Gate-to-Gate Time (FY) Average Minutes per Flight

During reportable hours at the destination airport, the difference between the Actual Gate-In Time at the destination airport and the Scheduled Gate-Out Time at the origin airport. Flights may depart outside reportable hours, but must arrive during them. The reportable hours vary by airport and the results are reported by FY.

Origin Destination 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
DEN LAX 153.2 151.8 154.1 151.8 158.2
DFW LAX 204.9 206.8 205.8 202.9 207.5
EWR LAX 383.5 371.5 375.4 373.5 369.4
LAS LAX 72.3 74.0 75.4 74.6 76.8
LAS SAN 71.3 70.2 73.9 69.5 73.2
LAX PHX 82.8 82.9 87.3 85.3 85.6
LAX SFO 90.2 92.1 94.5 96.0 97.5
PHX SAN 75.0 74.3 77.2 72.5 74.6
SAN SFO 104.1 105.1 106.2 106.6 107.2
Airborne Distance (FY) Nautical Miles

During reportable hours at the destination airport, the average airborne distance of flights between the selected city pair. The reportable hours vary by airport and the results are reported by fiscal year. Additional reportable hour information can be found in the airport information section of the Reference Guide.

Origin Destination 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
DEN LAX 1 1 759.9 761.2 760.5
DFW LAX 1 1 1095.8 1094.0 1093.8
EWR LAX 1 1 2176.2 2171.9 2176.4
LAS LAX 1 1 226.2 226.9 226.4
LAS SAN 1 1 250.9 251.0 250.5
LAX PHX 1 1 361.4 359.2 358.7
LAX SFO 1 1 320.1 317.8 318.2
PHX SAN 1 1 281.2 282.2 280.9
SAN SFO 1 1 406.1 404.2 404.4

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Efficiency:

As described by ICAO; efficiency addresses the operational and economic cost-effectiveness of gate-to-gate flight operations from a single-flight perspective. In all phases of flight, airspace users want to depart and arrive at the times they select and fly the trajectory they determine to be optimum.

Airborne Time Predictability (FY) Minutes

During reportable hours at the destination airport, the difference between the 85th and 15th percentiles of Airborne Time for flights between the selected city pair. The reportable hours vary by airport and the results are reported by FY. Additional reportable hour information can be found in the airport information section of the Reference Guide.

Origin Destination 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
DEN LAX 17 16 18 14 15
DFW LAX 21 20 23 21 24
EWR LAX 38 32 41 36 37
LAS LAX 5 5 6 5 5
LAS SAN 7 5 6 5 5
LAX PHX 8 7 7 6 7
LAX SFO 12 13 12 9 10
PHX SAN 6 6 7 7 7
SAN SFO 14 13 13 10 11
Effective Gate-to-Gate Time Predictability (FY) Minutes

During reportable hours, the difference between the 85th and 15th percentiles of the Effective Gate-to-Gate Time metric. The reportable hours vary by airport and the results are reported by FY. Additional percentile and reportable hour information can be found in the Reference Guide.

Origin Destination 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
DEN LAX 40 35 40 33 44
DFW LAX 42 44 43 39 44
EWR LAX 63 52 60 61 61
LAS LAX 30 32 34 30 34
LAS SAN 31 27 32 25 32
LAX PHX 24 24 29 28 28
LAX SFO 58 60 62 64 63
PHX SAN 28 27 31 23 27
SAN SFO 59 59 59 62 60
Predictability:

As described by ICAO: Predictability refers to the ability of airspace users and ATM service providers to provide consistent and dependable levels of performance.

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