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Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times November 2009

Table 1 Summary of 3-Hour Tarmac Times November 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 35,778 2 0.01 0 0 2 0 0
Mesa 19,573 1 0.01 0 1 0 0 0
American Eagle 36,247 1 0.00 0 0 0 0 1
Hawaiian 5,661 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Frontier 6,671 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Alaska 10,483 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Comair 10,503 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
JetBlue 15,370 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Continental 20,218 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Pinnacle 20,625 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
AirTran 20,920 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Northwest 21,558 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Atlantic Southeast 24,584 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
ExpressJet 25,023 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
United 27,739 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
US Airways 33,019 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
SkyWest 42,208 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
American 43,737 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Southwest 89,623 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
All Airlines 509,540 4 0.00 0 1 2 0 1

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