- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

You will be able to get anywhere in the world, on time, weather permitting. That was the promise from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his then-aviation chief at the October 2013 opening of O’Hare International Airport’s newest runway, which was supposed to cut delays by up to 50 percent. Despite the billing as a tipping point in the lengthy O’Hare modernization program, delays have continued to pile up, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Unless otherwise noted, the analysis compares the period since the runway opened - October 2013 to March 2015 (the most recent data available) - against the five previous years.

Here’s how the numbers break down:

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DELAYS PILING UP

(delay defined as flights that left or arrived at the gate 15 minutes or more after schedule)

- Departures: 28 percent delayed, compared with 22 percent before.

- Arrivals: 26 percent delayed, compared with 20 percent.

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BETTER, BUT STILL PLENTY OF TIME TO TWEET YOUR RUNWAY RAGE

- Average arrival delay length: 64 minutes, compared with 68 minutes.

- Average departure delay length: 58 minutes, compared with 59 minutes.

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NOT EVEN CLOSE

(This commonly used industry metric was supposed to drop by up to 50 percent; instead it jumped.)

- Minutes of delay per arriving flight: 18 minutes, compared with 14 minutes before.

- Minutes of delay per departing flight: 17 minutes, compared with 14 minutes before.

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GETTING THERE ON TIME

- Last year, 67.6 percent of flights out of O’Hare arrived on schedule at their destinations. It was the worst result out of the last seven years.

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FORGET ABOUT IT

- Canceled departures: 4 percent, compared with 3 percent.

- Canceled arrivals: 5 percent, compared with 3 percent.

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HEY, TAXI!

(taxi times defined as time between pullback from gate and wheels-up)

- Taxi out: averaged 17.7 minutes, compared with 16.7 minutes.

- Taxi in: averaged 12.2 minutes, compared with 9 minutes.

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TRAFFIC REPORT

- Average monthly takeoffs and landings. Total (including general aviation and military flights): 72,363, compared with 72,312.

- Average monthly takeoffs and landings. Passenger airlines: 48,036, compared with 52,192.

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Sources: Bureau of Transportation Statistics and Air Traffic Activity System.

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