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Airlines canceling more flights

By Associated Press and Staff Reports

U.S. airlines canceled 4,754 flights in September, an increase from 2,934 in the same month a year ago, after the government required airlines to let passengers off stuck flights within three hours.

The cancellation rate, which was 0.9 percent in September, compared with 0.57 percent in September 2009, has increased in four of the five months since the U.S. Transportation Department imposed a rule April 29 to discourage airlines from keeping passengers on delayed aircraft.

DOT reported that the number of flights with tarmac delays of more than three hours dropped to four in September, compared to six in September 2009. Officials said in a statement that the only tarmac delays of longer than three hours were due to weather in New York and Philadelphia on Sept. 22.

According to DOT, there were 12 tarmac delays of three hours or more reported from May through September, compared to 535 during the same period in 2009. Under the new rules, airlines face fines up to $27,500 per passenger for tarmac delays of more than three hours.

Have you been stuck on the tarmac recently or had to deal with a canceled flight? Post a comment below.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  | November 9, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
Categories:  Airports, Aviation  
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It would be great to have a consumer advocate colmnum to advise travlers about what their options are should their flights be canceled or delayed. It would be good to see a head to head comparison of the airlines responses and user friendliness( or not!) towards passangers who have delayed and cancelled flights.

Posted by: soccerhead | November 9, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

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