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Table 1 Summary of Three-Hour Tarmac Times November 2008

Table 1 Summary of Three-Hour Tarmac Times November 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 Delays 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
American Eagle 33,908 2 0.01 0 0 1 0 1
American 44,832 2 0.00 0 0 1 0 1
ExpressJet 22,285 1 0.00 0 0 1 0 0
Atlantic Southeast 22,865 1 0.00 0 0 1 0 0
Northwest 24,043 1 0.00 0 1 0 0 0
Southwest 96,144 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
SkyWest 41,287 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Delta 36,939 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
US Airways 35,091 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
United 31,040 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Continental 21,572 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Pinnacle 21,371 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
AirTran 20,212 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Mesa 19,397 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
JetBlue 15,645 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Comair 12,723 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Alaska 11,029 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Frontier 7,106 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Hawaiian 5,783 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Total 523,272 7 0.00 0 1 4 0 2

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