HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines had the nation’s top on-time performance last year with 87.5% of its flights arriving to their destinations on time, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported .

Hawaiian Airlines has led the country for 17 years after beginning its streak in 2004, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Saturday. The national average was 79%.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our team members for overcoming the most challenging year in our industry’s history to ensure our guests continued to enjoy our leading on-time reliability,” company President Peter Ingram said.

Delta Air Lines Inc. was second at 87.2%, followed by Spirit Airlines at 86.6%, department officials said. Allegiant Air was last among the 10 listed carriers at 71.3%.

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Hawaiian Airlines reduced the flights it offered and suspended most of its international flight routes last year as a result of declining demand and travel restrictions implemented during the coronavirus pandemic that began in March.

The airline gradually resumed nonstop service connecting the islands with 16 cities across the country. It restarted international flights between Honolulu and Japan and South Korea.

Hawaiian Airlines is expected to launch new routes between Honolulu and four cities in North America in March and April, including nonstop service to and from Austin, Texas; Ontario, California; and Orlando, Florida, as well as daily nonstop service to Long Beach, California; and Maui.

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