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.

Salt Lake City International
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% of on-time departures: 89.8%
% of on-time arrivals: 88.6%

Fewer flights (due to airline cutbacks) and fewer passengers helped to ease congestion in the corridors of Salt Lake City's airport last year, according to airport operations superintendent Dave Korzep.

In addition, the nation's 26th busiest airport also made steady progress on boosting its on-time departure performance, rising to nearly 90% in 2012 from 84.9% in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Arrivals were almost as punctual, with 88.6% of all flights landing within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival times.

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And the airport is working on improving its performance even further. It's currently undergoing a major terminal redevelopment program designed to reduce congestion on the runway, as well as inside the airport.


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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