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

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
American3/17219TI2040DFWDallas/Fort Worth, TXSTLSt. Louis, MO2200220000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Shuttle America3/17187TI5884LGANew York, NYSTLSt. Louis, MON/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
ExpressJet3/17183TI5157MSPMinneapolis, MNSTLSt. Louis, MO1780178000N/AN/AN/AN/A
International Flights
United3/9223D1246GUAGuatemala City, GuatemalaIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AMSYNew Orleans, LA305Y
American3/31215D2106CCSCaracas, VenezuelaMIAMiami, FLN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ARSWFort Myers, FL104Y
United3/9214D1516LIRLiberia, Costa RicaIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AMSYNew Orleans, LA305Y
Virgin Atlantic3/31186D75MANManchester, United KingdomMCOOrlando, FLN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ATPATampa, FL81Y
American3/16185D956EZEEzeiza, ArgentinaJFKNew York, NYN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AEWRNewark, NJ21Y
United3/9182D1468SALSan Salvador, El SalvadorIAHHouston, TXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AMSYNew Orleans, LA305Y

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