Dramatic drop in long delays?

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  1. viguera
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    viguera Gold Member

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    This CNN article seems to indicate that data for the same period before/after the new rules were implemented show a dramatic drop in tarmac delays over 3 hours.


    Apparently the number of delays from May 2009 to April 2010 exceeding 3 hours was almost 700. For the period of May 2010 to April 2011 that number dropped to only twenty.

    I was a firm believer that the airlines would rather cancel a flight than pay the fines, but apparently the number of cancelled flights after being delayed over 2 hours has risen only slightly.

    So either the airlines were really kicked into shape by the prospect of multi-million dollar compensations or they found a new way to hide the delays. :)
  2. sparxe
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    sparxe Silver Member

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    Very surprising. I would have expected a lot more cancellations.

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