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Extended tarmac delays investigated by US Department of Transportation

Extended tarmac delays investigated by US Department of Transportation

15 extended tarmac delays on domestic flights, five on international flights reported in August

Airlines reported 15 tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights and five tarmac delays of more than four hours on international flights in August, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released today.

All reported extended tarmac delays are being investigated by the Department. Previous investigations of tarmac delays have resulted in enforcement action by the Department.


The reporting carriers posted an on-time arrival rate of 77.6 percent in August 2016, down from the 80.3 percent on-time rate in August 2015, but up from the 75.2 percent mark in July 2016.

The reporting carriers canceled 1.4 percent of their scheduled domestic flights in August 2016, up from the 1.0 percent cancellation rate posted in August 2015, but an improvement over the 1.9 percent rate in July 2016.

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