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Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times October 2009

Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times October 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 Time 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 36,659 5 0.01 0 0 5 0 0
JetBlue 14,723 3 0.02 0 0 3 0 0
Comair 11,486 2 0.02 0 0 2 0 0
American 45,676 1 0.00 0 0 1 0 0
SkyWest 46,523 1 0.00 0 0 1 0 0
Hawaiian 6,076 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Frontier 7,220 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Alaska 11,440 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Mesa 20,838 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
AirTran 20,884 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Continental 20,950 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Pinnacle 21,529 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Northwest 22,673 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Atlantic Southeast 23,079 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
ExpressJet 25,753 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
United 30,637 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
US Airways 34,428 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
American Eagle 38,125 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Southwest 93,100 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Total 531,799 12 0.00 0 0 12 0 0

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