The government says October was the first month when no airplanes were stuck on the ground for more than three hours.
It's the first month without tarmac delays since the government
started collected data in 2008.
Long delays are rare in October, because it's one of the slowest
months for air travel and weather is relatively mild in most of the
country. The Transportation Department says the rule that threatens
huge fines for airlines with long delays is working. There were 11
delays of more than three hours in October 2009.
Overall more flights were on time compared with a year ago. The
on-time rate for the nation's largest airlines was 83.8 percent in
October, compared with 77.3 percent in the same month last year.
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