In the first quarter of 2009, U.S. commercial airlines achieved their best on-time performance in six years, according to new figures from the Transportation Department. The 19 carriers tracked by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics brought in 79.2% of their flights on time, up from 70.9% in the same quarter last year. For March, the airlines also improved their year-over-year performance in baggage handling and customer complaints, the DOT reported.

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