US authorities have reported 16 cases of tarmac delays lasting more than three hours on domestic flights and eight of more than four hours on international flights in February.
According to the US Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report, nine of the reported tarmac delays involved flights departing from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on February 27 during a snowstorm.
All of the delays are under investigation by the Bureau of Transport Statistics.
In February, the US’ largest airlines posted an on-time arrival rate of 72.8 per cent, up from the 70.7 per cent in February 2014, but down from 76.8 per cent in January 2015.
The reporting carriers cancelled 4.8 per cent of their scheduled domestic flights, an improvement over the 5.5 per cent cancellation rate in February 2014, but up from the 2.5 per cent rate in January 2015.