Airlines increase on-time arrivals, reduce canceled flights

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FILE - In this July 12, 2016, file photo, workers unload baggage from a Delta Air Lines flight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Md. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, the federal Department of Transportation ... reported that U.S. airlines are improving on-time arrivals and canceling fewer flights. Hawaiian Airlines and Delta Air Lines posted the best rates for on-time arrivals. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (The Associated Press)

The chances that your flight will be on time and won't get canceled appear to be looking up.

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The federal Department of Transportation reported Tuesday that 86.5 percent of U.S. flights in November arrived on time, an improvement over both the previous month and November 2015.

Less than one-third of 1 percent of domestic flights were canceled, the lowest rate in any month since the department started keeping comparable records in 1995. And the rate of bags that got lost, delayed or damaged was the lowest in figures that go back to 1987, the department said.

Hawaiian Airlines and Delta Air Lines posted the best rates for on-time arrivals, over 90 percent. Virgin America, which is now owned by Alaska Airlines' parent, had the worst mark.