Lengthy tarmac delays drop to 59 for 7 months of 2013

09/19/2013 | Bloomberg Businessweek

For the first seven months of the year, U.S. airlines had 59 tarmac delays of longer than three hours, compared to 693 lengthy delays in 2010. The airline industry says rules governing delays are unnecessary. "The requirement of having planes return to the gates within a three-hour window or face significant fines is inconsistent with our goal of safely completing as many flights as possible,” Airlines for America said in a statement.

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