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Airlines' on-time record took a beating in February

| Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

The bad news for travelers is that airlines posted a terrible on-time performance in February, as winter storms fouled operations at several large airports.

The good news is that no flights in the United States were stuck on airport tarmacs for more than three hours, the limit set by federal rules.

The Department of Transportation said Thursday that only 70.7 percent of domestic flights arrived within 14 minutes of schedule — still counted as on-time. The rate is down sharply from the 79.6 percent of February 2013.

Hawaiian Airlines has the best on-time rating of 90.1 percent, while regional airline ExpressJet has the worst in the latest rankings at 60 percent. American Airlines and its merger partner US Airways ranked fifth and sixth, with on-time arrival rates of 74.0 percent and 73.8 percent, respectively. Southwest was ninth with 70.4 on-time arrivals.

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