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Table 1 Summary of Three-Hour Tarmac Times Oct 2008

Table 1 Summary of Three-Hour Tarmac Times Oct 2008

Number and Percentage of Flights with Tarmac Times of Three Hours or More
For an explanation of the new reports, see New Tarmac Time Data Q&A
Airlines ranked by number of tarmac times of three hours or longer

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  Number of Regularly Scheduled Flights Tarmac Times of 3 Hours or Longer Stage of Operation of the 3-Hour Tarmac Time
Total Percent Prior to Cancellation Multiple Gate Departure Taxi-Out Taxi-In At Diversion Airport
ExpressJet 24,095 24 0.10 1 3 16 0 4
Continental 22,778 12 0.05 1 2 9 0 0
US Airways 36,982 3 0.01 0 0 2 0 1
United 35,481 2 0.01 0 0 2 0 0
American 49,788 2 0.00 0 0 2 0 0
Comair 13,547 1 0.01 0 0 1 0 0
AirTran 20,544 1 0.00 0 0 1 0 0
Atlantic Southeast 21,428 1 0.00 0 1 0 0 0
Northwest 25,560 1 0.00 0 0 0 0 1
Delta 38,645 1 0.00 0 0 1 0 0
SkyWest 44,695 1 0.00 0 0 1 0 0
Hawaiian 5,435 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Frontier 7,569 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Alaska 12,294 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
JetBlue 14,547 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Mesa 20,675 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Pinnacle 22,216 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
American Eagle 38,170 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Southwest 101,756 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Total 556,205 49 0.01 2 6 35 0 6

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Explanation of Stage of Operation
Prior to Cancellation: Flight left the gate but was cancelled at the origin airport
Multiple Gate Departure: Flight left the gate, then returned and then left again to resume normal operation. Tarmac time is the time before the return to the gate.
Taxi-out: The time between gate departure and wheels-off
Taxi-in: The time between wheels-on and gate arrival
At Diversion Airport: The tarmac time at the alternate airport