3 United flights had long tarmac delays in June

Posted: August 10, 2010

NEW YORK - Three flights in June sat on the tarmac for more than three hours, the government said today, and there was no increase in canceled flights among the nation's biggest airlines compared with a year ago.

All three of the flights that were on the runway for more than three hours were operated by United Airlines, and all broke the three-hour limit by five minutes or less. All were flying out of Chicago's O'Hare airport on the same day - June 18 - when thunderstorms and strong winds battered the area. United later canceled two of the three flights that were held up.

More than 268 flights were delayed for more than three hours in June 2009. June is one of the busiest months for air travel and is also one of the stormiest months of the year.

June was the second month the tarmac delay rule was in effect. Airlines face stiff fines if they do not return passengers to the terminal within the three-hour limit.

Transportation Department spokesman Bill Mosely said there still hasn't been a decision made on whether a fine will be slapped on airlines that had planes held on the tarmac for than three hours, or what the fine might be. The maximum fine under the rule is $27,500 per passenger, but the department rarely imposes maximum fines.

Four United flights sat on runways for more than three hours in April. All were delayed on the same day, at the same airport, because of bad weather.

The Transportation Department reported the June statistics today as part of its monthly on-time report. Hawaiian Airlines again operated the most flights on time, followed by Alaska Airlines and US Airways (Philadelphia International's dominant airline).

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