More flights are arriving on time

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines are doing a better job of arriving on time, although more than one in five flights still run late.

The U.S. Transportation Department said Tuesday that the nation’s biggest airlines achieved an on-time arrival rating of 79.6 percent in April. That is up from 77.6 percent in March and 77.3 percent in April 2013.

The most punctual airlines were Hawaiian, Alaska and Virgin America.

The most likely to be late were ExpressJet, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and Envoy, which used to be called American Eagle.

The Transportation Department report covers 12 airline companies but excludes smaller carriers such as Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air..

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