Airlines improved their on-time performance in April, according to the Department of Transportation, while nearly eliminating long tarmac delays that could result in massive fines. Flights arrived on time 85.3% of the time in April, an improvement of more than 6 percentage points compared with the year-earlier period. And while April 2009 saw 81 flights stuck on the tarmac for three hours or more, the most recent statistics show only four flights exceeded the three-hour time limit.

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