Best U.S. airports for departing on time

Government cutbacks at the airports got you worried about flight delays? Travelers at these airports had the best odds of leaving the gate on time last year, according to the Department of Transportation.

Portland International

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  • % of on-time departures: 87.9%
  • % of on-time arrivals: 84.6%

Portland International handles 13 million passengers a year, nearly 90% of all the airline traffic in the state of Oregon, according to FlightStats, a website that tracks airline fares, performance and flying conditions.

Despite serving several weather-challenged destinations, including the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver and Alaska, Portland is one of the nation's most dependable airports.

Its on-time departure rate in 2012 almost duplicated the 87.8% it recorded in 2011, according to the Department of Transportation.

Arrival rates are nearly as good. In 2012, 84.6% of flights came in on time, the ninth best ranking among the 29 major airports.

Source: United States Department of Transportation's Ranking of Major Airport On-Time Departure Performance January 1-December 31, 2012.
- Last updated May 03 2013 09:49 AM ET

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