(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by The U.S. Department of Transportation and received via
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
November 8, 2012 
Airlines Report No Tarmac Delays Over Three Hours on Domestic
Flights or Longer Than Four Hours on International Flights in
Airlines reported no tarmac delays of more than three hours on
domestic flights or more than four hours on international
flights in September, according to the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released today.
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 without giving passengers an opportunity
to deplane. 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 situations. 
The report also shows that the larger U.S. airlines posted an
on-time arrival rate of 83.3 percent in September, down from
September 2011’s 83.9 percent mark, but up from August 2012’s
79.1 percent. 
The consumer report also includes data on 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, it contains
information on airline bumping, mishandled baggage reports filed
by consumers with the carriers, and consumer service,
disability, and discrimination complaints received by DOT’s
Aviation Consumer Protection Division. The consumer 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 Air Travel Consumer Report is available
here. The full consumer report is available at Detailed information on flight delays is available at 
Bill Mosley
Tel.: (202) 366-4570 
(bjh) NY 
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