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Table 6 Diverted Flights Summary and Average Tarmac Times May 2009

Table 6 Diverted Flights Summary and Average Tarmac Times May 2009

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

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Summary of May 2009 Diverted Flights

  Total
Flights
Diverted Flights Percent Diverted (%) Diverted Flights that Failed to Reach Scheduled Destination Diverted Flights that Reached Scheduled Destination
American 46,622 193 0.41 14 179
JetBlue 16,218 53 0.33 12 41
Alaska 11,796 35 0.30 15 20
Pinnacle 22,023 62 0.28 7 55
American Eagle 37,408 99 0.26 7 92
AirTran 21,264 52 0.24 0 52
Mesa 20,714 48 0.23 6 42
Delta 35,230 80 0.23 2 78
United 31,798 68 0.21 9 59
ExpressJet 25,292 53 0.21 0 53
Atlantic Southeast 25,124 51 0.20 3 48
Southwest 97,696 174 0.18 16 158
US Airways 35,594 59 0.17 4 55
Continental 21,950 35 0.16 0 35
SkyWest 44,689 68 0.15 21 47
Comair 14,495 21 0.14 5 16
Northwest 25,086 35 0.14 1 34
Frontier 7,711 10 0.13 0 10
Hawaiian 6,122 5 0.08 0 5
All Airlines 546,832 1,201 0.22 122 1,079

Averages and Totals for May 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.)
American 50 143 94 20,410 106
JetBlue 13 107 84 2,753 52
Alaska 493 88 84 965 28
Pinnacle 201 106 83 3,618 58
American Eagle 360 124 80 7,695 78
AirTran 0 86 70 2,514 48
Mesa 113 112 92 2,331 49
Delta 11 106 96 6,422 80
United 182 94 76 4,599 68
ExpressJet 0 80 74 2,928 55
Atlantic Southeast 378 102 91 2,709 53
Southwest 347 68 52 6,394 37
US Airways 366 95 84 3,393 58
Continental 0 73 64 1,966 56
SkyWest 139 79 61 2,867 42
Comair 287 105 73 1,127 54
Northwest 74 97 80 2,627 75
Frontier 0 91 79 563 56
Hawaiian 0 101 79 216 43
All Airlines 222 102 77 76,097 63

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics