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.

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 fiscal year.

Origin Destination 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
BWI ORD 131.6 131.0 137.5 131.3 139.3
CLT ORD 134.0 133.5 136.9 127.4 134.1
DCA ORD 127.6 127.3 131.2 129.3 134.1
DEN ORD 150.5 147.8 148.1 147.7 154.5
DFW ORD 146.4 146.4 144.1 140.5 146.5
EWR MDW * * 151.6** 145.2 151.0
EWR ORD 167.9 158.8 162.3 156.8 157.6
JFK ORD 185.7 185.9 184.5 176.1 183.1
LGA MDW 164.3 161.1 163.7 150.9 155.7
LGA ORD 162.1 157.9 161.9 157.4 162.1
MEM ORD 115.7 118.7 120.7 113.7 120.6
MSP ORD 87.0 92.2 92.0 86.8 96.8
ORD PHL 132.1 126.4 129.0 123.5 131.1

* No data available.

** Partial year data.

Efficiency:

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 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
BWI ORD 15 15 17 16 16
CLT ORD 14 14 15 13 14
DCA ORD 15 15 15 15 14
DEN ORD 14 15 14 13 14
DFW ORD 16 14 15 14 14
EWR MDW * * 13** 16 16
EWR ORD 19 19 19 20 17
JFK ORD 21 21 20 20 19
LGA MDW 11 16 17 16 16
LGA ORD 19 18 19 19 18
MEM ORD 15 15 15 14 13
MSP ORD 10 11 11 9 11
ORD PHL 14 13 13 12 12

* No data available.

** Partial year data.

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 fiscal year. Additional percentile and reportable hour information can be found in the Reference Guide.

Origin Destination 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
BWI ORD 39 44 48 39 55
CLT ORD 43 49 53 39 51
DCA ORD 40 41 47 40 48
DEN ORD 42 40 45 38 46
DFW ORD 47 51 47 42 49
EWR MDW * * 59** 41 48
EWR ORD 67 58 63 56 59
JFK ORD 77 82 82 68 88
LGA MDW 70 71 60 41 47
LGA ORD 57 52 58 50 60
MEM ORD 43 51 53 40 55
MSP ORD 36 46 48 35 55
ORD PHL 59 49 55 39 59

* No data available.

** Partial year data.

Predictability:

The ability of the Air Traffic Management System to support the National Air Space users with consistent and reliable flight times.