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Table 6 Diverted Flights Summary and Average Tarmac Times December 2009

Table 6 Diverted Flights Summary and Average Tarmac Times December 2009

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

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Summary of December 2009 Diverted Flights

  Total
Flights
Diverted Flights Percent Diverted (%) Diverted Flights that Failed to Reach Scheduled Destination Diverted Flights that Reached Scheduled Destination
Alaska 10,754 60 0.56 26 34
Comair 11,429 48 0.42 6 42
Northwest 22,649 84 0.37 5 79
ExpressJet 27,898 102 0.37 31 71
Atlantic Southeast 23,517 84 0.36 31 53
Southwest 92,293 289 0.31 148 141
SkyWest 46,832 141 0.30 70 71
US Airways 33,498 97 0.29 31 66
American Eagle 36,819 102 0.28 23 79
American 46,065 125 0.27 18 107
Mesa 19,754 53 0.27 14 39
Pinnacle 21,537 56 0.26 11 45
JetBlue 16,774 36 0.21 4 32
Continental 21,377 43 0.20 3 40
United 29,110 57 0.20 8 49
Delta 35,280 64 0.18 11 53
AirTran 21,261 38 0.18 8 30
Frontier 6,589 6 0.09 0 6
Hawaiian 5,833 3 0.05 0 3
All Airlines 529,269 1,488 0.28 448 1,040


Averages and Totals for December 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.)
Alaska 348 91 69 1,780 30
Comair 308 100 78 3,186 66
Northwest 110 106 58 5,891 70
ExpressJet 189 70 55 5,320 52
Atlantic Southeast 129 111 97 3,810 45
Southwest 479 73 67 9,358 32
SkyWest 127 94 69 5,492 39
US Airways 561 119 80 5,408 56
American Eagle 265 171 86 7,544 74
American 94 134 79 10,535 84
Mesa 179 102 92 2,313 44
Pinnacle 194 161 111 3,410 61
JetBlue 90 88 70 2,014 56
Continental 127 98 76 2,595 60
United 360 91 75 3,526 62
Delta 100 114 89 4,586 72
AirTran 105 94 90 1,892 50
Frontier N/A 78 85 437 73
Hawaiian N/A 202 254 131 44
All Airlines 304 107 75 79,228 53

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics