Airlines improve on-time performance

U.S. airlines have their best January in four years, when it comes to arriving on time. The Transportation Department said Tuesday that the airlines averaged a 78.7 percent on-time arrival rate in January.

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Among the biggest airlines, United had the best record, with 84.4 percent of its flights arriving on-time, which the government defines as being within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival.

The worst on-time results were for regional carriers American Eagle, Comair and Pinnacle.

The Transportation Department says only two flights were stuck on the tarmac for four hours or more in January, an improvement from a year ago.

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