Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted January 3, 2014 10:09 am - Updated January 14, 2014 10:13 am

Augusta airlines fly on time most of year

Augusta Regional Airport measures airline performance based on completed flights and on-time departures.


As Southwest Airlines hit the news this week on the surprise that it has lost a step on reliability, I took a look at the airlines serving Augusta.


In November, Delta, Atlantic Southeast and US Airways were all excellent on completed flights. US Airways seemed to struggle with on-time departures in November, 74 percent, as did ASA at 85 percent. Delta was nearly perfect.


Looking through the statistics for the rest of 2013, the percentages on completed flights was in the high 90s.


ASA had the most struggle with departing Augusta on time. The lowest point was in July, when the airport reported it did so only 67 percent of the time that month. June and August were also struggles.


US Airways also had a few months where it was leaving late a quarter of the time.



  • Augusta tourism officials expect $2.8 million in visitor spending in January.
  • Wal-Mart opens hiring center on Wrightsboro Road for its Augusta store, under construction down the street from Augusta Mall.
  • New federal mortgage rules go into effect Jan. 10 making stricter lending practices official.
  • Jan. 15 is the eighth annual Hull College of Business Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center.
  • Official opening date for Augusta’s Starbucks plant not set yet.


LEADING INDEX: In October, the Augusta Leading Economic Index increased from September. (The government shutdown affected the release of data, which is why Georgia Regents University had to wait until December to release the October index.)


The university reports that the index increased 4.2 percent from October 2012. Increases in the index mean that there’s a good chance of increased economic activity in the future.