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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, December 2015

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
Shuttle America12/27269D3556DCAWashington DCIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AMSYNew Orleans, LA305Y
American12/28248TI126LAXLos Angeles, CAORDChicago, IL2260226000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Mesa12/27222D5090PITPittsburgh, PAIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AMSYNew Orleans, LA305Y
American12/26209C1092DFWDallas/Fort Worth, TXEGEEagle, CON/A0001N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
American12/26204D1398LASLas Vegas, NVDFWDallas/Fort Worth, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AAUSAustin, TX190Y
Mesa12/26202D5853MEMMemphis, TNDFWDallas/Fort Worth, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AAUSAustin, TX190Y
Alaska12/27196D652PDXPortland, ORDFWDallas/Fort Worth, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AAUSAustin, TX190Y
Compass12/26195M5726DFWDallas/Fort Worth, TXLAXLos Angeles, CAN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
American12/26194D1540HDNHayden, CODFWDallas/Fort Worth, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AAUSAustin, TX190Y
American12/26190D1355PDXPortland, ORDFWDallas/Fort Worth, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AAUSAustin, TX190Y
Trans States12/27186D3349MCIKansas City, MOIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ASATSan Antonio, TX191Y
United12/28181D1863SFOSan Francisco, CAORDChicago, ILN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AMSPSaint Paul, MN334Y
International Flights
Avianca12/9322D86BOGBogota, ColombiaLAXLos Angeles, CAN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AONTOntario, CA47Y
Aeromexico12/9278D648MEXMexico City, MXLAXLos Angeles, CAN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AONTOntario, CA47Y
United12/27248D1516LIRLiberia, Costa RicaIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ASATSan Antonio, TX191Y

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.


Bureau of Transportation Statistics