Airlines' on-time record took a beating in Feb.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 9:04 AM

The bad news for travelers is that U.S. airlines posted a terrible on-time performance in February, as winter storms fouled operations at several large airports.

The good news is that no U.S. flights were stuck on airport tarmacs for more than the three hours, the limit set by federal rules.

The U.S. Department of Transportation reported Thursday that only 70.7 percent of domestic flights arrived within 14 minutes of schedule — that's the leeway allowed while still being counted as on-time.

The on-time rate is down sharply from the 79.6 percent in February 2013, but it's better than January 2014's 67.7 percent mark.

Hawaiian Airlines has the best on-time rating while regional airline ExpressJet has the worst in the latest rankings.

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