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Airport Delay Reports from FAA

Dateline: 05/31/00

As part of the the federal government's growing E-government initiative, the FAA is now using the Internet to make air traffic delay information once shared only with the airlines and travel agencies available to the public.

At the FAA's Air Traffic Control System Command Web site, Internet users can get near-real-time status information for 40 major U.S. airports. The FAA hopes to increase coverage to 100 airports in the future.

Airports can be selected by clicking on a map or from a drop-down menu. The resulting reports show general arrival and departure delay times, including gate delays, and delays at connecting and destination airports. Under general departure delays, you can even find out how long it's taking at the gates and average time to get a taxi. Here's a sample of the Los Angeles International report on a very good day to fly:

Los Angeles International Airport / LAX Real-time Airport Status
Delays by Destination: No destination-specific delays are being reported.
General Departure Delays: Traffic is experiencing Gate Hold and Taxi delays of less than 15 minutes in length.
General Arrival Delays: Arrival traffic is experiencing less than 15 minutes airborne delay.
This data was updated at: Mon May 29 11:17:14 2000 EDT

Since reports at peak times, or during bad weather can include some dandy aviation acronyms, like ADZY (Advisory), a handy link to a Glossary of Terms is also provided.

The role of the FAA's Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) 
At daily peak air travel times, between 4,000 to 6,000 private and commercial planes are flying over the continental United States. That's about 50,000 flights on an average day. How many planes is that? Take a look at this ATCSCC map showing 5,000 planes in the air at one time.

Since 1994, the Air Traffic Control System Command Center has taken on the massive job of keeping America's air traffic safe and on schedule. To learn more about the entire operation of the ATCSCC, take this Ten-Stop Tour.

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Note: The Aviation Consumer Protection Division (ACPD) operates a complaint handling system for consumers who experience air travel service problems. Consumers with concerns about airline safety or security should call the Federal Aviation Administration toll-free at 1-800-322-7873.

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