The vast majority of air-traffic delays in 2007 occurred before airplanes took off for flight. Almost 60 percent of delays occurred at the gate, while 20 percent of flight delays occurred while taxiing out to the runway. Only about 15 percent of the JEC estimated total delay occurred during airborne minutes.
The airline executives continue to snivel about how the airspace systems needs overhaul, but it's a smokescreen to make their case to take over the national airspace system at the expense of the general aviation industry. This report is another example of proof that all the airlines have to do to find the reason for their unprofitability is to look in the mirror.
.: Joint Economic Committee :: Reports :.
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