d o t logoUnited States Department of Transportation
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
transtats logo
 
Advanced Search
Resources
Data Finder
By Mode
By Subject
International and Domestic Tarmac Times by Year, Partial Year or Month
Period Start: To:   Trend Check: To:   Tarmac Min: Max:
     
Data begins with August 2011. Data available through February 2020 Please limit search using dropdowns to a single calendar year.
This page has tarmac times for all domestic flights and all international flights to and from the United States (U.S. airports only). For tarmac times since 1995 for domestic flights operated by large airlines, see Domestic Tarmac Times
Note: For detailed monthly summary for a single year, click on the link for the year. View tarmac times by Airport or Airline
TotalTarmac TimesStage of Operation Tarmac Flights
TotalPrior To CancellationMultiple Gate DepartureTaxi-OutTaxi-InAt Diversion AirportNumber of Regularly Scheduled FlightsNumber of Regularly Scheduled Flights
2011501545351436
201292962430234151
201316216332750368478
201413815750264030108
201514731122615636285
2016212221639389784128
201733345194915565193140
201839072834511080200190
2019419100106666978282137
2020140241768

Note: August 2011 is the first month in which data included reports for all domestic flights and all international flights to and from the United States (U.S. airports only), beginning Aug. 23. July 2011 was the last full month in which data included only domestic flights operated by airlines reporting on-time data to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. For tarmac times of 180 minutes or less, data are for only domestic flights operated by airlines reporting on-time data to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and do not include domestic flights operated by carriers that do not report on-time data or international flights. For more details on the reporting change, see Tarmac Time Data Q&A.

Note: Reporting changes due to mergers. Joint reporting begins after Federal Aviation Administration approval of a single operating certificate.
* Jan. 2006: US Airways (US) and America West (HP) start to report combined on-time data in January 2006 as US Airways (US).
* Oct. 2007: US Airways (US) and America West (HP) start to report combined traffic and financial data as US Airways (US).
* Jan. 2010: Delta (DL) and Northwest (NW) start to report jointly as Delta (DL).
* Jan. 2011: Continental Micronesia (CS) and Continental Airlines (CO) start to report jointly as Continental Airlines (CO).
* Jan. 2012: United (UA) and Continental (CO) start to report jointly as United (UA).
* Jan. 2012: Atlantic Southeast (EV) and ExpressJet (XE) start to report jointly as ExpressJet (EV). For data through December 2011, use the code EV for Atlantic Southeast, which will be displayed as (EV) ExpressJet, and the code XE for ExpressJet, which will be displayed as (XE) ExpressJet (1). Beginning with January 2012 data, use the code EV for ExpressJet.
• Endeavor (9E) operated as Pinnacle prior to August 2013. Envoy (MQ) operated as American Eagle prior to April 2014.
• Southwest (WN) and AirTran (FL) began reporting jointly as WN in January 2015 following their 2011 merger announcement.
• American (AA) and US Airways (US) began reporting jointly as AA in July 2015 following their 2013 merger announcement.

Explanation of Stage of Operation
Prior to Cancellation: Flight left the gate but was cancelled at the origin airport
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.
Taxi-out: The time between gate departure and wheels-off
Taxi-in: The time between wheels-on and gate arrival
At Diversion Airport: The tarmac time at the alternate airport