Long flight delays soar in July
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of long delays in July involving planes stuck on airport tarmacs was more than the previous eight months combined, the government said Monday.
Twenty eight planes were stuck on the ground at U.S. airports for more than three hours that month, the height of the summer travel season. Eighteen of those planes were operated by U.S. carriers.
Sixteen of the U.S. flights were going in or out of Chicago O'Hare on July 13, a day of severe thunderstorms. All of the longest delays were on regional carriers that operate smaller jets for larger airlines.
There was only one international flight that sat on the ground for more than four hours, and it's susceptible to a big fine. Caribbean Airlines flight 526 from Georgetown, Guyana to New York's JFK Airport sat on the ground for four hours and three minutes. U.S. and international airlines can be fined up to $27,500 per passenger if a flight is stuck for more than three hours.