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Airport Delays Declined

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Believe it or not, your odds of languishing at the gate went down in 2012. According to the DOT, 83 percent of all flights took off within 15 minutes of schedule, the highest level since 2003. One disappointing reason: fewer planes are in the air. But to their credit, many airlines have been working to mitigate delays—which, these days, are often exacerbated by more folks carrying their bags on board to avoid baggage fees. Flying out of the right airport makes a difference, too: Salt Lake City averages a 90 percent on-time rate, while Newark offers a 76 percent chance of taking off on time.

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Top Travel News Stories of 2012

Airport Delays Declined

Believe it or not, your odds of languishing at the gate went down in 2012. According to the DOT, 83 percent of all flights took off within 15 minutes of schedule, the highest level since 2003. One disappointing reason: fewer planes are in the air. But to their credit, many airlines have been working to mitigate delays—which, these days, are often exacerbated by more folks carrying their bags on board to avoid baggage fees. Flying out of the right airport makes a difference, too: Salt Lake City averages a 90 percent on-time rate, while Newark offers a 76 percent chance of taking off on time.

See more Best of 2012 coverage.

Michael Schoenfeld/Courtesy of Salt Lake City Department of Airports
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