Lowest numbers of tarmac delays on record in 2014Staff writer ▼ | February 12, 2015
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that in calendar year 2014, airlines reported the lowest number of tarmac delays longer than three hours on record.
Airliners Secretary Anthony Foxx:
In 2009, the last full year before the Department's domestic tarmac rule went into effect, airlines reported 868 domestic flights with tarmac delays longer than three hours.
There were 84 domestic flights with tarmac delays longer than three hours and 55 international flights with tarmac delays longer than four hours at U.S. airports in 2013.
The Department's rule prohibiting U.S. carriers operating domestic flights from allowing tarmac delays longer than three hours without giving passengers an opportunity to deplane went into effect in April 2010.
A separate rule prohibiting U.S. and foreign carriers operating international flights to or from the U.S. from allowing tarmac delays longer than four hours at U.S. airports without giving passengers an opportunity to deplane took effect in August 2011.
Exceptions to the time limits for both domestic and international flights are allowed only for safety, security, or air traffic control-related reasons.
In addition, the nation's largest airlines canceled 1.4 percent of their scheduled domestic flights in December, half of the 2.9 percent cancellation rate posted in December 2013, but up from the 0.9 percent rate in November 2014. ■