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Domestic Flights with Tarmac Times of More than 3 Hours and International Flights with Tarmac Times of More than 4 Hours, May 2015 (revised July 2016)

Ranked by longest continuous tarmac time

AirlineFlight DateLongest Continuous Tarmac Time (in mins.)Stage of Operation*Flight NumberOrigin AirportOrigin CityDestination AirportDestination CityArrival Delay (in mins.)Cause of Delay/Cancellation**Diversion AirportDiversion CityDiversion Airport Distance from Scheduled DestinationReached Scheduled Destination
Air CarrierNational Aviation SystemSecurityWeatherLate Arriving Aircraft
Domestic Flights
Mesa5/25271C3798IAHHouston, TXRDURaleigh, NCN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
United5/25238C1541IAHHouston, TXTPATampa, FLN/A0001N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
ExpressJet5/25228C4478IAHHouston, TXOMAOmaha, NEN/A0001N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
ExpressJet5/25225C4275IAHHouston, TXCRPCorpus Christi, TXN/A0001N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Mesa5/25215TI3741MSYNew Orleans, LAIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Mesa5/25215C3768IAHHouston, TXAUSAustin, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
ExpressJet5/25214C4317IAHHouston, TXMKEMilwaukee, WIN/A0001N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
ExpressJet5/25209C4262IAHHouston, TXMFEMcAllen, TXN/A0001N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
United5/25208C1529IAHHouston, TXLASLas Vegas, NVN/A0001N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
United5/25205C1715IAHHouston, TXSNASanta Ana, CAN/A0001N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
United5/25204C1735IAHHouston, TXAUSAustin, TXN/A0001N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
United5/25200TO746IAHHouston, TXLAXLos Angeles, CA22301790377N/AN/AN/AN/A
Alaska5/19196D733BOSBoston, MASEASeattle, WA221N/AN/AN/AN/AN/ADLHDuluth1411Y
United5/20194D756DENDenver, COIAHHouston, TX249N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AHOUHouston24Y
SkyWest5/30194D5167MIAMiami, FLIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AMSYNew Orleans305Y
ExpressJet5/30194D5786VPSValparaiso, FLIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AMSYNew Orleans305Y
ExpressJet5/25193C4554IAHHouston, TXTYSKnoxville, TNN/A0001N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
International Flights
British Airways5/9310M218DENDenver, COLHRLondon, UKN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

International flight reports do not include arrival delay or cause of delay/cancellation flight data. These data are also not available for domestic flights reported by airlines that do not report monthly airline on-time data (Part 234) or for domestic charter flights reported by Part 234 carriers.


* Stage of Operation where 3-hour tarmac time took place:

C Prior to Cancellation: Flight left the gate but was canceled at the origin airport

D At Diversion Airport: The tarmac time at the alternate airport

M Multiple Gate Departure: Flight left the gate, then returned and then left again to resume normal operation. Tarmac time is the time before the return to the gate.

TI Taxi-in: The time between wheels-on and gate arrival

TO Taxi-out: The time between gate departure and wheels-off

** Cause of cancellation is 1 (if yes) or 0 (if no). Cause of delay for all other flights in minutes. No cause of delay or cause of diversion reported for diverted flights.


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