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March Airline On-Time Performance Down From Previous Year, Up from February

WASHINGTON – The nation’s largest airlines posted an on-time arrival rate of 77.6 percent in March, down from the 79.8 percent on-time rate posted in March 2013, but up from the 70.7 percent on-time rate posted in February 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released today.

Airlines also reported no tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights and one tarmac delay of more than four hours on an international flight.  

U.S. Department of Transportation Fines Qantas for Not Informing Passengers of Opportunity to Leave Delayed Aircraft

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced that Qantas Airways, an airline based in Australia, violated federal rules last March by not informing passengers on a delayed aircraft at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport that they had the opportunity to leave the plane as it sat at the gate for an extended period of time with the door open.  DOT fined Qantas $90,000 and ordered the airline to cease and desist from further violations.

News Digest DOT 09-14

DOT Report Finds Rule Prohibiting Tarmac Delays Over Three Hours Has Virtually Eliminated Long Tarmac Delays, Has Little Effect on Cancellations.  The U.S. Department of Transportation today released a report which found that its consumer protection rule prohibiting tarmac delays over three hours has both virtually eliminated tarmac delays of more than three hours and significantly reduced tarmac delays that are between one and three hours long.  In addition, there was relatively little impact on flight cancellations.  The rule prohibits U.S.

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