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Report: Flight cancellations mark historical low in Nov.

Baggage handlers service a Southwest Airlines jet at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport. The Transportation Department said Tuesday reports of mishandled baggage reached their lowest level ever in November 2016. (March 23, 2016)
Baggage handlers service a Southwest Airlines jet at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport. The Transportation Department said Tuesday reports of mishandled baggage reached their lowest level ever in November 2016. (March 23, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

Airline flight cancellations and mishandled baggage rates were at historical lows in November, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Air Travel Consumer Report said airlines canceled 0.29 percent of their scheduled domestic flights in November 2016, the lowest rate compared with any month since January 1995. The November figure also surpassed the previous low of 0.33 percent in September 2016, the report said.

Also reaching a milestone low was the rate of mishandled baggage. It was 2.02 reports per 1,000 passengers in November, the lowest rate since the Transportation Department began collecting the data in 1987.

Ty Richardson, operations manager for Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, explains how the final two jet bridges are being installed at the airport. (Aug. 10, 2016/Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle)

Valerie Wise of the Wichita Airport Authority talks about demand for daily nonstop flights from Wichita to Seattle and expectations for Alaska Airlines' just-announced service. Video by Jerry Siebenmark / Aug. 3, 2016

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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