Accession Number:

ADA209139

Title:

Airline Delay: 1976 - 1986: Based upon the Standardized Delay Reporting System

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION POLICY AND PLANS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

This report summarizes delay and delay cost data obtained from the Standardized Delay Reporting System SDRS from 1976 through 1986. The SDRS contains reports from three major air carriers American, Eastern, and United Airlines. Delay is defined in this report as the difference between the actual and optimal flight times. The optimal time is that required in the absence of other aircraft in the system or problems such as equipment outages or severe weather. Delay is reported for four phases of flight 1 air traffic control gate hold, 2 delay between gate push back and lift-off taxi-out delay, 3 delay between lift-off and touchdown airborne delay, and 4 delay between touchdown and gate arrival taxi-in delay. SDRS does not measure delay against scheduled flight times which anticipate a certain amount of delay nor does the SDRS report delay due to aircraft mechanical problems and other factors not related to congestion in the airport and airspace system. Thus, statistics in this report may differ from airline performance figures published by the Department of Transportation DOT, which measure delay against published airline schedules and include delay resulting from other causes.

Subject Categories:

  • Terminal Flight Facilities

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE