Kroger introduces $4 generic drugs at its D-FW stores

The Kroger Co. will begin offering $4 generic prescriptions at its Dallas-Fort Worth area grocery stores on Wednesday, the company said in a news release.

More than 300 generics will be priced at $4, the grocery store chain said.

Cincinnati-based Kroger began offering lower-priced prescriptions at stores in several other states last fall, less than one month after Wal-Mart began offering $4 prescriptions on generics.

The Kroger initiative includes generic alternatives for some of the most commonly prescribed drugs used to treat conditions such as diabetes, asthma, depression, heart disease and thyroid problems.

Kroger is the No. 2 grocer in D-FW behind Wal-Mart.

Frontier Airlines leads carriers for ontime performance

Frontier Airlines had the best ontime performance in January of any major U.S. carrier flying in the United States, according to Oregon-based FlightStats, which compares the on-time performance of all scheduled passenger flights for major U.S. airlines and airports arriving in the United States.

Denver-based Frontier Airlines, was on-time — meaning less than 15 minutes late — 79.95% of the time. Frontier flew 8,424 flights.

Just slightly behind Frontier, Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), based in Dallas, was on-time 79.02% of the time. Southwest flew 101,215 flights.

Falling lower in the rankings was Fort Worth-based American Airlines Inc., which was on-time 65.98% of the time, said FlightStats. American (NYSE: AMR) flew 66,153 flights.

Major airlines with the worst performance were United Airlines, which had 17.06% of its flights excessively late, meaning more than 44 minutes. Also in the double digits and ranking only slightly higher was American Airlines, with 13.54% excessively late; and its sister airline, American Eagle, with 13.35% excessively late, said FlightStats.

Among the 40 major North American Airports, the best on-time performance was Baltimore/Washington International with 79.82% of its 9,724 flights ontime and the worst was San Francisco International Airport with only 49.42% of its 14,588 flights ontime, FlightStats reported. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had 73.1% of its 27,246 flights ontime.