Tarmac Wait Duration Statistics

The average tarmac wait duration for flights in the United States is approximately 17.4 minutes.

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"In 2020, the average tarmac delay of US airlines was found to be 4 minutes."

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"For the year 2019, airlines in the United States reported 302 tarmac delays of three hours or more on domestic flights."

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"In July 2020, 9 carriers posted an avg over a decade-long tarmac delay of less than 20 minutes."

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"In 2019, Las Vegas McCarran International had 12 international flights with tarmac wait duration over 4 hours."

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"For the month of Nov 2020, American Airlines had 11 incidents of tarmac delay over 3 hours on domestic flights."

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"In 2020, out of all U.S. airlines, Spirit had the highest average tarmac delay time of 20 minutes."

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"Between May and August 2007, U.S. airlines had more than 5,000 instances of tarmac delays of over four hours."

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"January 2020 marked the lowest ever January total of three-hour plus tarmac delays for US airlines."

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"The average tarmac wait for flights at JFK International Airport in Q3 2019 was about 19.62 minutes."

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"In 2018, the longest recorded tarmac delay was on a Delta Air Lines flight at nearly for 4 hours."

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"In July 2019, SkyWest Airlines had the highest number of extended tarmac delays in the U.S., accounting for almost 60 percent of all such incidents in that month."

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"In May 2017, international flights had 30 tarmac waits of more than four hours."

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"In 2017, across all U.S. airports, less than 0.025 percent of scheduled flights experienced a wait on the tarmac of more than three hours."

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"In 2017, U.S. airlines paid over $6 million in fines for tarmac wait duration violations."

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"In December 2018, prolonged tarmac times reached 96, the second-highest number of the year."

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"In the first half of 2018, 92% of all delayed flights had tarmac waits of less than 2 hours."

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"In February 2021, airlines reported 13 instances of tarmac times exceeding four hours on international flights."

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