Airlines gear up for new rules on tarmac delays

03/3/2010 | Travel Weekly

Airline executives and analysts say new federal tarmac delay rules, which come into effect April 29, will lead to more canceled flights. Airlines will cancel service for bad weather and other issues instead of risk being fined, insiders said. The Department of Transportation can fine airlines up to $27,500 for each passenger not allowed to deplane after three hours stuck on the tarmac. "For us, that could be as much as $4.4 million for one flight," said Tim Smith, a representative of American Airlines. "No one's going to play with that. There will be many more cancellations as a result. Everyone is gearing up for this."

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