Study: 2018 was worst year for tarmac delays

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ATLANTA (WFLA/WXIA) – Airline passengers in the United States spent extra time sitting on the tarmac last year.

That’s according to “The Points Guy,” a travel website.

It says 2018 was the worst year for tarmac delays in almost a decade.

Close to 250 flights were delayed for more than three hours in the first 11 months of the year.

That’s a 49 percent increase compared to 2017.

The website says it’s on the heels of a steady uptick in tarmac delays for the past five years.

Airlines can be fined for the delays that are longer than three hours.

But “The Points Guy” says fines are rarely levied on air carriers.

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