(The following press release from the Department of Transportation was
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Airlines Report 18 Tarmac Delays Longer than Three Hours On Domestic Flights,
One Longer Than Four Hours on International Flights in July
Airlines reported 18 tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights
and one tarmac delay of more than four hours on international flights in July,
according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report
Sixteen of the long domestic tarmac delays took place on July 13 and involved
flights bound for or departing from Chicago O’Hare Airport, where severe storms
affected the area that day. All of the reported tarmac delays are under
investigation by the Department.
The larger U.S. airlines have been required to file complete reports on their
long tarmac delays for domestic flights since October 2008. Under a new rule
that took effect Aug. 23, 2011, all U.S. and foreign airlines operating at
least one aircraft with 30 or more passenger seats must report lengthy tarmac
delays at U.S. airports.
Also beginning Aug. 23, 2011, carriers operating international flights may not
allow tarmac delays at U.S. airports to last longer than four hours. There is a
separate three-hour limit on tarmac delays involving domestic flights, which
went into effect in April 2010. Exceptions to the time limits for both domestic
and international flights are allowed only for safety, security, or air traffic
control-related reasons. Severe weather could cause or exacerbate such
The report also includes data on on-time performance, cancellations,
chronically delayed flights, and the causes of flight delays filed with the
Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by the reporting
carriers. In addition, the report contains information on mishandled baggage
filed by consumers with the carriers and consumer service, disability, and
discrimination complaints received by DOT’s Aviation Consumer Protection
Division. This report also includes reports of incidents involving the loss,
death, or injury of pets traveling by air, as required to be filed by U.S.
A news release on the report is available at
http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2012/dotXXX12.html ]. The full report is available
at http://airconsumer.dot.gov/reports/index.htm. Detailed information on flight
delays is available at http://www.bts.gov [ http://www.bts.gov/ ].
Contact: Bill Mosley
Tel.: (202) 366-4570
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