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Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times July 2009

Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times July 2009

Number and Percent of Flights with Tarmac Times of 3 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 3 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
US Airways 35,730 34 0.10 3 2 26 0 3
Delta 37,145 26 0.07 1 6 18 0 1
JetBlue 17,480 24 0.14 2 3 19 0 0
American 47,674 20 0.04 7 0 8 0 5
Continental 23,193 16 0.07 0 4 5 0 7
United 33,948 14 0.04 2 1 9 0 2
Southwest 99,070 9 0.01 0 1 8 0 0
Northwest 29,328 6 0.02 0 1 5 0 0
American Eagle 38,097 4 0.01 3 0 1 0 0
Comair 14,373 4 0.03 1 0 3 0 0
ExpressJet 29,711 3 0.01 0 1 2 0 0
Mesa 21,792 3 0.01 2 0 1 0 0
SkyWest 48,953 1 0.00 0 1 0 0 0
Pinnacle 23,889 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Alaska 12,786 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Atlantic Southeast 29,197 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Frontier 7,928 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
AirTran 23,195 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Hawaiian 6,645 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Total 580,134 164 0.03 21 20 105 0 18

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