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Table 6 Diverted Flights Summary and Average Tarmac Times August 2009

Table 6 Diverted Flights Summary and Average Tarmac Times August 2009

Tarmac Time: Time away from airport gate. Airlines ranked by percent of total flights that were diverted.
Summary of August 2009 Diverted Flights

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  Total
Flights
Diverted Flights Percent Diverted (%) Diverted Flights that Failed to Reach Scheduled Destination Diverted Flights that Reached Scheduled Destination
Continental 22,905 114 0.50 2 112
ExpressJet 29,632 119 0.40 0 119
Comair 13,052 48 0.37 9 39
American 47,470 165 0.35 10 155
Pinnacle 23,063 77 0.33 13 64
JetBlue 17,375 51 0.29 3 48
AirTran 22,750 64 0.28 8 56
Mesa 21,420 60 0.28 1 59
Delta 37,146 103 0.28 6 97
Northwest 27,098 67 0.25 5 62
SkyWest 48,566 114 0.23 10 104
Atlantic Southeast 27,952 65 0.23 1 64
American Eagle 38,205 87 0.23 5 82
US Airways 35,257 72 0.20 3 69
United 33,622 67 0.20 3 64
Alaska 12,652 22 0.17 11 11
Southwest 95,673 145 0.15 6 139
Frontier 7,861 10 0.13 0 10
Hawaiian 6,602 4 0.06 0 4
All Airlines 568,301 1,454 0.26 96 1,358

Averages and Totals for August 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.)
Continental 428 102 87 7,973 70
ExpressJet N/A 84 60 6,596 55
Comair 408 122 101 2,864 60
American 160 122 91 16,099 98
Pinnacle 186 122 83 4,469 58
JetBlue 192 107 95 3,232 63
AirTran 279 83 70 3,022 47
Mesa 145 104 93 2,884 48
Delta 199 114 88 8,869 86
Northwest 343 127 70 5,731 86
SkyWest 214 89 68 5,646 50
Atlantic Southeast 56 102 97 3,670 56
American Eagle 108 107 87 5,753 66
US Airways 418 109 87 4,726 66
United 99 101 86 5,806 87
Alaska 301 131 103 777 35
Southwest 318 67 52 5,183 36
Frontier N/A 108 108 637 64
Hawaiian N/A 111 111 186 47
All Airlines 249 102 79 94,123 65

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics