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Airline delays spike in 2006

26 January 2007

Data released by the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington revealed airline delays hit record highs in 2006 due to weather concerns.

U.S. flights were delayed by 22.1 million minutes last year, exceeding the high totals for 1999 and 2000, when thunderstorm-related delays prompted threats against airlines from irate passengers and Congress, USA Today reported Friday.

The high number of 2006 delays meant 22 percent of flights on major airlines from the start of the year until November were delayed for at least 15 minutes. The majority of late flights were at New York’s three airports, the FAA records show.

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