Nate Silver says “Fly Early, Arrive On-Time”

Interesting post at FiveThirtyEight about how your flight departure time affects how long you spend delayed.  This is based on aggregate statistics across all flights, and doesn’t take into account traffic patterns in particular cities or airline scheduling and on-time performance, but the general premise does seem sensible with certain assumptions.  Flights later in the day will suffer from delays incurred earlier in the day, if the airline has not built this into their schedules.  All in all, the conclusion reached in the post doesn’t seem terribly insightful, except that hard data does seem to back up intuition in this case.