That would be JetBlue Airways, according to the latest Transportation Department figures.
Flight 12 from New York to Syracuse was delayed on the tarmac 328 minutes on June 26, which makes it the tarmac delay winner — or perhaps it’s more accurate to say loser — of the month.
The overall number of flights with excessive delays remains small. In June, which is the most recent month for which numbers are available, .0499 percent of scheduled flights had tarmac delays of three hours or more, up from .0064 percent the previous month. There were 42 flights with tarmac delays of four hours or more in June.
Here’s the breakdown:
1. JetBlue Airways flight 12 from New York JFK to Syracuse, NY, 6/26/09 – delayed on tarmac 328 minutes
2. ExpressJet Airlines flight 2173 from New York LaGuardia to Cleveland, 6/30/09 – delayed on tarmac 310 minutes
3. Mesa Airlines flight 7323 from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago O’Hare, 6/19/09 – delayed on tarmac 299 minutes
4. Mesa Airlines flight 7343 from Washington Dulles to Huntsville/Decatur, AL, 6/3/09 – delayed on tarmac 291 minutes
5. United Airlines flight 140 from Washington Dulles to Las Vegas, 6/3/09 – delayed on tarmac 290 minutes
So what happened to JetBlue flight 12? We could look up the weather for that day, which might show heavy rains. Or it might be air traffic control problems. Who knows?
Oddly, it only takes a little over four hours to drive from New York to Syracuse.
JetBlue has, of course, been here before.
But the bigger question is: Shouldn’t there be a law that prevents airlines from doing this in the first place?
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