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Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times May 2009

Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times May 2009

Number and Percent of Flights with Longest Single Tarmac Time of 3 Hours or More
For an explanation of the new reports, see New Tarmac Time Data Q&A
Airlines ranked by number of longest single tarmac times of 3 hours or longer

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  Number of Regularly Scheduled Flights Longest Single 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
Mesa 20,714 8 0.04 5 0 3 0 0
Delta 35,230 6 0.02 0 1 5 0 0
US Airways 35,594 4 0.01 0 1 3 0 0
American Eagle 37,408 4 0.01 1 0 3 0 0
American 46,622 4 0.01 0 0 3 1 0
Comair 14,495 2 0.01 1 0 1 0 0
United 31,798 2 0.01 0 0 2 0 0
Southwest 97,696 2 0.00 0 0 2 0 0
JetBlue 16,218 2 0.01 0 0 2 0 0
Pinnacle 22,023 1 0.00 0 0 1 0 0
Frontier 7,711 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Continental 21,950 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Hawaiian 6,122 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Alaska 11,796 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Atlantic Southeast 25,124 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Northwest 25,086 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
SkyWest 44,689 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
AirTran 21,264 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
ExpressJet 25,292 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Total 546,832 35 0.01 7 2 25 1 0

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