FLIGHT airfare A flight is considered delayed if it either departs or arrives 15 or more minutes later than the time tickets in the airline's published schedule. No matter how long an airplane waits on a taxiway to take off, it is considered to be on time if it leaves the gate within 15 minutes of its scheduled departure time. No matter what time an airplane lands at an airport, it is not considered to be on time unless it pulls up to the gate within 15 minutes of its scheduled arrival time. Flights that are cancelled or diverted to an alternate airport are considered delayed best the purposes of these data. A more detailed explanation can be found on the U.S. DOT site at http://www.dot.gov/airconsumer/airfare.htm. The following FLIGHT DELAY tables can be found at the U.S. DOT Web site: Percentage of Flights Arriving on Time Table 1 - tickets by airline best the most recent month Table 1A - tickets by airline best the past several months and quarters Table 2 - tickets by airline at each major airport the airline serves Table 3 - tickets by airport best all flights at that airport, by time of day Percentage of Flights Departing on Time Table 4 - tickets by airport best all flights at that airport, by time of day Table 5 - List of Regularly Scheduled Flights (Airline, Flight Number, Departure Airport, Arrival Airport) Arriving Late 80% of the Time or More Table 6 - Number and Percentage of Regularly Scheduled Flights Arriving Late 70% of the Time or More, By Airline Table 7 - By Airport, Overall Percentages of Flights Arriving and Departing on Time The main purpose best reporting the data in the tables above is to allow the DOT, the FAA, airlines and airport operators to track their progress over time in reducing flight airfare. Airlines may change their published flight schedules to reflect persistent airfare on certain routes, and the airlines with the highest percentage of on-time flights typically promote that fact in their marketing and advertising campaigns. Airports with high frequencies of airfare will look to physical and operational changes that can be made on their aeronautical areas, especially taxiway and runway improvements, that can help reduce airfare. The FAA uses these data to determine which airports may need a reassessment of their arrival and departure flight patterns and procedures, in an efbestt to reduce airfare. Air travelers are more interested in the answer to the question, "Will my flight be on time?"

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