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Table 6 Diverted Flights Summary and Average Tarmac Times April 2009

Table 6 Diverted Flights Summary and Average Tarmac Times April 2009

Tarmac Time: Time away from airport gate. Airlines ranked by percent of total flights that were diverted.

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Summary of April 2009 Diverted Flights

  Total
Flights
Diverted Flights Percent Diverted (%) Diverted Flights that Failed to Reach Scheduled Destination Diverted Flights that Reached Scheduled Destination
AirTran 20,510 111 0.54 2 109
Continental 22,040 110 0.50 2 108
ExpressJet 24,642 114 0.46 6 108
Atlantic Southeast 24,770 106 0.43 20 86
Delta 35,184 150 0.43 7 143
American 45,605 181 0.40 7 174
Comair 13,686 44 0.32 15 29
JetBlue 16,899 53 0.31 5 48
American Eagle 35,759 103 0.29 10 93
Pinnacle 22,039 59 0.27 16 43
Mesa 20,421 53 0.26 9 44
United 31,387 63 0.20 4 59
SkyWest 44,568 82 0.18 24 58
Southwest 96,875 178 0.18 26 152
US Airways 34,691 58 0.17 9 49
Alaska 11,060 14 0.13 7 7
Hawaiian 5,876 7 0.12 0 7
Northwest 24,675 28 0.11 1 27
Frontier 7,106 7 0.10 0 7
All Airlines 537,793 1,521 0.28 170 1,351

Averages and Totals for April 2009 Diverted Flights

  Average Distance from Diversion Airport to Scheduled Destination for Flights Remaining at Diversion Airport (in miles) Average Time at Diversion Airport (including terminal and tarmac time) for Flights Reaching Scheduled Destination (in mins.) Median Time at Diversion Airport (including terminal and tarmac time) for Flights Reaching Scheduled Destination (in mins.) Total Tarmac Time for All Diverted Flights at Origin, Diversion and Destination Airports (in mins.) Average Tarmac Time for All Diverted Flights at Origin, Diversion and Destination Airports (in mins.)
AirTran 238 110 108 8,802 79
Continental 36 116 109 7,164 65
ExpressJet 167 106 84 7,626 67
Atlantic Southeast 149 113 100 5,370 51
Delta 168 121 106 17,249 115
American 283 122 92 17,552 97
Comair 153 134 101 2,559 58
JetBlue 17 96 79 2,980 56
American Eagle 194 159 106 7,895 77
Pinnacle 166 126 79 3,436 58
Mesa 163 108 88 2,896 55
United 245 106 89 5,020 80
SkyWest 156 87 72 3,585 44
Southwest 277 72 64 6,288 35
US Airways 731 95 78 3,311 57
Alaska 319 119 114 449 32
Hawaiian 0 118 65 296 42
Northwest 85 95 76 2,046 73
Frontier 0 84 80 396 57
All Airlines 318 108 80 104,920 69

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics