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.

Seattle-Tacoma International

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  • % of on-time departures: 86.9%
  • % of on-time arrivals: 85%

With nearly 29 million passengers coming through its terminals each year, Seattle-Tacoma International is the 13th busiest airport in the country. Yet it still manages to get the vast majority of its flights in and out on time.

In 2012, it had the fourth best punctuality record of any major airport, with 86.9% of flights leaving the gate on time, a slight decline from 2011. Arrivals came in on schedule nearly 85% of the time, according to the Department of Transportation.

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

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