‘Tarmac Rule’ Causing Increase In Flight Cancellations

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) ‘tarmac rule’ which came into effect last April seems to have reduced the number of occasions that passengers are sat waiting in a plane for 3 hours or more. Breaching this regulation can cost airlines in excess of $27’000 per passenger so its no surprise that this has hugely reduced the occurrences of this very frustrating occurrence.

It does however seem to have forced airlines to cancel seriously delayed flights altogether rather than keep passengers waiting in an attempt to avoid huge fines. Evidence shows an increase of about 900 flight cancellations per month over the last year although the poor winter weather is a contributing factor to that figure.

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