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Table 6 Diverted Flights Summary and Average Tarmac Times September 2009 (Revised Nov. 24, 2009)

Table 6 Diverted Flights Summary and Average Tarmac Times September 2009 (Revised Nov. 24, 2009)

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

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Summary of September 2009 Diverted Flights

  Total
Flights
Diverted Flights Percent Diverted (%) Diverted Flights that Failed to Reach Scheduled Destination Diverted Flights that Reached Scheduled Destination
American 44,135 133 0.30 7 126
Express Jet 24,396 66 0.27 3 63
American Eagle 36,786 99 0.27 10 89
Mesa 19,770 51 0.26 3 48
Atlantic Southeast 22,775 53 0.23 1 52
Delta 34,688 76 0.22 6 70
AirTran 19,423 41 0.21 3 38
Skywest 45,146 95 0.21 20 75
Pinnacle 20,825 43 0.21 9 34
Continental 19,237 34 0.18 2 32
United 29,860 48 0.16 8 40
Alaska 11,258 17 0.15 9 8
Comair 10,682 14 0.13 2 12
US Airways 32,529 40 0.12 3 37
JetBlue 14,496 15 0.10 3 12
Southwest 89,769 91 0.10 7 84
Northwest 21,940 20 0.09 0 20
Frontier 7,233 3 0.04 0 3
Hawaiian 5,904 2 0.03 0 2
All Airlines 510,852 941 0.18 96 845

Averages and Totals for September 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 92 122 89 12,321 93
Express Jet 166 77 66 3,598 55
American Eagle 113 132 113 8,446 85
Mesa 65 131 110 2,825 55
Atlantic Southeast 40 98 85 3,054 58
Delta 197 88 77 6,910 91
AirTran 452 79 69 1,971 48
Skywest 133 99 78 4,431 47
Pinnacle 247 96 90 2,366 55
Continental 110 112 82 1,796 53
United 509 110 81 3,152 66
Alaska 436 115 71 453 27
Comair 166 96 70 725 52
US Airways 314 80 71 2,008 50
JetBlue 82 83 73 608 41
Southwest 236 61 53 2,929 32
Northwest 0 116 88 1,496 75
Frontier 0 69 67 126 42
Hawaiian 0 108 108 95 48
All Airlines 217 101 79 59,310* 63

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

* Revised from Nov. 9, 2009 release