by Hunter R. Slaton | December 16, 2009

According the U.S. Department of Transportation, airlines' on-time performance for October was 77.3 percent, representing a nearly 10 percent drop from the previous month's rate of 86.2 percent, the highest in six years. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that the total number of domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines increased by 0.8 percent in September over the same month in 2008, to 54.7 million travelers, the first month with a year-over-year increase since March 2008. In other airline news, the United States and Japan have reached an agreement on an open-skies agreement between the two countries' carriers. According to the DOT, the agreement will remove limitations on routes and destinations, eliminate restrictions on capacity and pricing, and allow for more cooperation between the countries.