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The cost of delays: Late flights cost US economy USD33 billion


Ryanair recently held up the US air traffic management system as something that Europe should be emulating to help fix the problems with its fractured and expensive ATM system. Yet, the US system has a long way to go before it manages to solve its own problems and deliver the major step forward in airspace efficiency that airlines are calling for. [1657 words]

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  • One in four flights delayed in 2007
  • Passengers bear most of the cost
  • A mounting problem
  • Improving performance as traffic falls and new measures are put in place
  • Implementing NextGen
  • Delay reduction: Short-term action and long-term problems

Graphs and data:

  • 2007 flight delays by cause
  • Top 10 US airports by arrivals delays: year to Aug-2010
  • Arrivals and percentage of delayed arrivals systemwide: 2000-2009
  • Benefits of NextGen: Airline delay scenarios
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