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Flights with Tarmac Time of More than 3 Hours, March 2012

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
American 3/17 219 TI 2040 DFW Dallas/Fort Worth, TX STL St. Louis, MO 220 0 220 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Shuttle America 3/17 187 TI 5884 LGA New York, NY STL St. Louis, MO N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
ExpressJet 3/17 183 TI 5157 MSP Minneapolis, MN STL St. Louis, MO 178 0 178 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
International Flights
United 3/9 223 D 1246 GUA Guatemala City, Guatemala IAH Houston, TX N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A MSY New Orleans, LA 305 Y
American 3/31 215 D 2106 CCS Caracas, Venezuela MIA Miami, FL N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A RSW Fort Myers, FL 104 Y
United 3/9 214 D 1516 LIR Liberia, Costa Rica IAH Houston, TX N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A MSY New Orleans, LA 305 Y
Virgin Atlantic 3/31 186 D 75 MAN Manchester, United Kingdom MCO Orlando, FL N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A TPA Tampa, FL 81 Y
American 3/16 185 D 956 EZE Ezeiza, Argentina JFK New York, NY N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A EWR Newark, NJ 21 Y
United 3/9 182 D 1468 SAL San Salvador, El Salvador IAH Houston, TX N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A MSY New Orleans, LA 305 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