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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Airlines Ask DOT to Suspend Tarmac Delay Rule

The Department of Transportation is reviewing its existing tarmac-delay rule, after airline industry groups filed a motion to request a moratorium of the rule in light of FAA-imposed furloughs. 
Airlines for America (A4A)—which represents airlines that transport more than 90 percent of U.S. airline passenger traffic—and the Regional Airline Association (RAA) filed the motion on Friday, seeking to block the agency from fining airlines who encounter extensive tarmac delays due to reduced staffing. 
In 2010, DOT implemented the rule, which says airlines can be fined up to $27,500 per passenger for domestic flights where the aircraft gets stranded on the airport tarmac for more than three hours. On international flights the rule extends to four hours. A4A and RAA are requesting that the department suspend the rule for 90 days, until the air traffic controller furloughs end. 

Furloughs began on Sunday, and FAA indicated that thousands of flights were delayed on Monday due to reduced staffing. 

Related: FAA Projects Thousands of Flight Delays, Cites Sequester 

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