Drought Helps Salt Lake Airport with On-time Flights

Drought Helps Salt Lake Airport with On-time Flights

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- While farmers curse Utah's lingering drought, air travelers ought to be thankful for it.

Salt Lake City International Airport ranked first in the nation for on-time departures and arrivals in June.

Barbara Gann, Salt Lake City Department of Airports spokeswoman, says few thunderstorms and a mild winter deserve most of the credit for the airport's success.

The U-S Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics also ranked Salt Lake first for on-time arrivals for the first six months of the year, with a little more than 89-percent of flights arriving on time.

For on-time departures from January through June, flights left when they were supposed to nearly 91-percent of the time. Only Portland, Oregon's, airport did better.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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