U.S. DOT REPORTS TARMAC DELAYS FOR AIRLINES IN APRIL
(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. carriers.
Contact: Bill Mosley Tel.: (202) 366-4570