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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 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
United5/27247TI1492AUSAustin, TXIAHHouston, TX55105160035N/AN/AN/AN/A
American5/25229C111ORDChicago, ILLAXLos Angeles, CAN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
United5/19213D61EWRNewark, NJSFOSan Francisco, CA239N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AOAKOakland, CA11Y
Mesa5/26205M6147AUSAustin, TXIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Envoy5/29200D3248OMAOmaha, NEDFWDallas, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AABIAbiline, TX157Y
American5/31195M1453CLTCharlotte, NCORDChicago, IL29405602380N/AN/AN/AN/A
Mesa5/31192D5623CAEColumbia, SCDFWDallas, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ALITLittle Rock, AR303Y
United5/16183TO1296LAXLos Angeles, CAKOAKona, HI17417157000N/AN/AN/AN/A
United5/27183TI341EWRNewark, NJIAHHouston, TX23327206000N/AN/AN/AN/A
United5/27181TI1765PHLPhiladelphia, PAIAHHouston, TX2700268002N/AN/AN/AN/A
International Flights
United5/27253C1034IAHHouston, TXPTYPanama City, PanamaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Taca5/24249D368SALSan Salvador, El SalvadorIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AGLSGalveston, TX57Y
United5/26246D104GRUSao Paulo, BrazilIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ASATSan Antonio, TX190Y

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