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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 2014

Ranked by longest continuous tarmac time

Dataset Table:

Airline Flight Date Longest Continuous Tarmac Time (in mins.) Stage of Operation* Flight Number Origin Airport Origin City Destination Airport Destination City Arrival Delay (in mins.) Cause of Delay/Cancellation** Diversion Airport Diversion City Diversion Airport Distance from Scheduled Destination Reached Scheduled Destination
Air Carrier National Aviation System Security Weather Late Arriving Aircraft
Domestic Flights
United 5/23 217 TO 1631 EWR Newark, NJ TPA Tampa, FL 215 0 154 0 57 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A
United 5/12 193 C 1435 ORD Chicago, IL SNA Santa Ana, CA N/A 0 0 0 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
United 5/12 183 C 687 ORD Chicago, IL PDX Portland, OR N/A 1 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
United 5/9 222 D 1426 LAX Los Angeles, CA IAH Houston, TX 304 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A CRP Corpus Christi, TX 201 Y
International Flights
ExpressJet 5/9 261 D 4475 MTY Monterrey, Mexico IAH Houston, TX N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A CRP Corpus Christi, TX 201 Y


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