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Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times September 2009 (Revised Nov. 24, 2009)

Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times September 2009 (Revised Nov. 24, 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
Delta 34,688 3 0.01 0 0 2 0 1
American 44,135 2* 0.00 0 0 2 0 0*
Northwest 21,940 1 0.00 0 0 0 0 1
Pinnacle 20,825 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Alaska 11,258 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
JetBlue 14,496 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Continental 19,237 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Atlantic Southeast 22,775 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Frontier 7,233 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
AirTran 19,423 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Hawaiian 5,904 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
American Eagle 36,786 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Comair 10,682 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
SkyWest 45,146 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
United 29,860 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
US Airways 32,529 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Southwest 89,769 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
ExpressJet 24,396 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Mesa 19,770 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Total 510,852 6 0.00 0 0 4 0 2

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

* Revised from Nov. 9, 2009 release

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-out: The time between wheels-on and gate arrival
At Diversion Airport: The tarmac time at the alternate airport