Alaska Airlines ranks as best overall performer for fourth consecutive year

According to a recap of U.S. airline performance for the year by The Wall Street Journal, there were 106,000 more flights that arrived on time in 2016 compared to the year previous. 

Citing figures from airline data-tracking organization GEE Operations Solutions, the source reported that the on-time rate increased 2 percent between 2015 and 2016. Canceled flights dropped by 21 percent and there were 7 percent fewer late-arrival flights.

Rates of lost luggage per passenger and overall complaints also declined according to data from the U.S. Travel Department, noted The Wall Street Journal.

For the fourth year in a row, Alaska Airlines ranked No. 1 as the best overall performer notching an 86 percent rate for punctuality. The airline also scored highest on passenger complaints and tarmac delays. Taking the No. 2 spot for best overall performance was Delta.

JetBlue and United Airlines were tied for fifth place.

The report came just before Alaska announced the addition of four new routes from its Portland airport, reported USA Today. Each of the four new routes will include daily nonstop service to destinations Philadelphia, Baltimore/Washington, Milwaukee and Albuquerque. 

"We're super excited to launch four new nonstop daily routes from Portland, further enhancing our offerings for our guests in the Rose City," said John Kirby, VP of capacity planning for Alaska Airlines, in a statement. "At 55 nonstop destinations and counting, we continue to connect our valued Portland customers to the places they want to go."

After acquiring Virgin Airlines in 2016, Alaska became the fifth largest airline in the U.S., reported Travelers Today.

Alaska Airlines scored the top overall spot for U.S. airline performance.