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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.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International

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  • % of on-time departures: 87.8%
  • % of on-time arrivals: 87.2%

Minneapolis-St Paul became a major hub for Northwest Airlines; the airline and the airport grew up together starting in the 1920s. Now, it's one of the biggest domestic hubs for Delta, which took over Northwest Airlines almost five years ago.

Remarkably, Minnesota's harsh winters have had little impact on flight schedules, with extreme weather delaying only 0.35% of departures in 2012, according to the Department of Transportation.

All told, nearly 88% of flights left on time last year and 84% the year before. And arrivals hit the mark 87.2% of the time.

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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