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Carriers improve on-time record

From Times Staff and Wires

The Transportation Department said U.S. airlines were on time more often in June compared to a year earlier, and customers filed fewer complaints about baggage.

The department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics said that 1.8% of domestic commercial flights were canceled in June, down from 2.7% in June 2007 but higher than the 1% cancellation rate in May 2008.

The 19 carriers reporting on-time performance recorded an overall on-time arrival rate of 70.8% in June, higher than June 2007’s 68.1% but down from May 2008’s 79%.

AMR Corp.'s American Airlines had the worst on-time rate at 58.8%.

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