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International and Domestic Tarmac Times by Airline
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Data begins with August 2011. Data available through September 2022 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
AirlineTarmac TimesStage of Operation Tarmac Flights
TotalPrior To CancellationMultiple Gate DepartureTaxi-OutTaxi-InAt Diversion AirportDomesticInternational
United651112914192738
Delta57102812434116
American53610221143815
JetBlue1859031180
JetBlue Airways1620329016
Alaska1263003120
Compagnie Natl Air France1000361010
Republic Airline96111072
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA70007007
British Airways Plc60122106
SkyWest61301160
Endeavor Air54100050
Virgin Atlantic Airways50032005
Air China50013105
Emirates50005005
Spirit50001441
Japan Ltd.40012104
Aerovias Nacl De Colombia40003104
All Nippon Airways40100304
Scandinavian Sys.40021104
National Aviation Company of India Limited d/b/a A30001203
Air Wisconsin Corp31200030
Mesa30000321
Norwegian Air UK Limited30012003
Westjet21010002
Trans States22000020
Eva Airways20002002
Lufthansa German20101002
Taca International20001102
Etihad Airways20002002
United Air Lines20000202
Compania Panamena (Copa)20002002
Air Europa20000202
China Eastern20002002
Envoy Air21000120
Singapore Ltd.20001102
Aer Lingus Plc10000101
Aeroflot Russian10001001
Aerolineas Argentinas10000101
Air Canada10010001
Alis Cargo S.P.A.10010010
Allegiant Air10001010
Asiana10001001
British10010001
Caribbean Limited10001001
China Ltd.10010001
Commutair Aka Champlain Enterprises,11000010
Compagnia Aerea Italiana10001001
Iberia Of Spain10001001
Japan Air Lines Ltd.10001001
Jazz Aviation LP10000101
Korean Ltd.10001001
Kuwait Airways Corp.10001001
Lacsa10001001
Piedmont10100010
Polskie Linie Lotnicze10001001
Royal Air Maroc10001001
Sky Regional10010001
South African Airways10001001
Tame Linea Aerea del Ecuador Tme EP10000101
Xiamen , Ltd.10001001
Peninsula00000000
Norwegian Air International Ltd.00000000
GoJet LLC d/b/a United Express00000000
Virgin America00000000
Klm Royal Dutch00000000
Frontier00000000
PSA00000000
Empire00000000
Southwest00000000
Hawaiian00000000
WOW Air ehf00000000
Cape Air00000000
Compass00000000
ExpressJet LLC d/b/a aha!00000000
Horizon Air00000000
All Airlines36157734610679171190

Note: Tarmac times for all flights by airlines reporting on-time data are available beginning with October 2008 data. From January 1995 through September 2008, airlines reporting on-time data reported only taxi-out and taxi-in times. Airlines currently reporting on-time data.

Note: Numbers found here may differ from those previously available on the BTS website and on the Air Travel Consumer Report. Beginning with the release of May 2010 data, lengthy tarmac times are measured as more than 3 hours (181 minutes plus). Previous releases used the measurement of 3 hours or more (180 minutes plus). 2-hour and 1-hour tarmac times have been changed to conform. Data from previous months on this application have been revised but may differ from the previously-released Air Travel Consumer Report Tables 11 and 12, which were not revised. Air Travel Consumer Report Tables 11 and 12, beginning with the release of May 2010 data in the July report, will reflect the change in measurement.

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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


The number of reporting carriers has varied as follows:
1995: 10
1996: 10
1997: 10
1998: 10
1999: 10
2000: 10 (11 starting in November when Aloha Airlines started reporting for the first time)
2001: 12 (11 starting in November when Aloha Airlines ceased reporting for the first time)
2002: 10
2003: 17 (18 starting in November when Hawaiian Airlines started reporting)
2004: 19
2005: 20 (19 through April after which Frontier Airlines started reporting)
2006: 20 (19 through March after which Aloha Airlines started reporting for the second time)
2007: 20
2008: 19 (20 through February after which Aloha Airlines ceased reporting)
2009: 19
2010: 18
2011: 16

2012: 15
2013: 16
2014: 14
2015: 13 (14 through June after which American and US Airways began joint reporting)
2016: 12
2017: 12
2018: 17 (18 through March after which Alaska Airlines and Virgin America began joint reporting)
2019: 17
2020: 17
2021: 17