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Flights with Tarmac Time of More than 3 Hours, Flights with Tarmac Time of More than 3 Hours, December 2010

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
Delta 12/12 192 M 1329 DTW Detroit, MI MIA Miami, FL 508 0 33 0 475 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
United 12/27 189 D 147 SAN San Diego, CA SFO San Francisco, CA 224 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A MRY Monterey, CA 77 Y
Pinnacle 12/12 186 C 3829 DTW Detroit, MI CID Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA N/A 0 0 0 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


* 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
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