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Airline performance improves

The government says just one flight stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours in August, as the peak summer travel season wound down.

U.S. airlines also were better at getting travelers to their destinations on time. The nation's airlines reported an on-time rate of 81.7 percent in August, better than the month before and a year ago.

Airlines didn't cancel more flights to avoid fines for lengthy tarmac delays. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says it's a sign the rule limiting the time airplanes can spend on the tarmac is working.

August was the fourth month the rule was in effect. 66 flights were delayed for more than 3 hours in August 2009.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  | October 12, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
Categories:  Airlines, Airports, Aviation  
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