(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation and received via
e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
June 13, 2013 
Airlines Report Two Tarmac Delays Over Three Hours on Domestic
Flights, No Tarmac Delay Longer Than Four Hours on International
Flights in April 
Airlines reported two tarmac delays of more than three hours on
domestic flights and no tarmac delays of more than four hours on
an international flight in April, 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 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 16 airlines that file their on-time performance data with
the Department reported that 77.3 percent of their flights
arrived on time in April, down from April 2012’s 86.3 percent
on-time rate and March 2013’s 79.8 percent mark. 
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, the consumer
report contains information on 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.
Contact: Bill Mosley
Tel.: (202) 366-4570 
(sgp) NY 
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