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33 planes stuck on tarmac for 3 hours in October; most since limit on long delays took effect
NEW YORK (AP) ' The government says there were 33 planes stuck on the ground for more than three hours in October, the most in more than a year and a half.
Every one of the delays occurred on the same day, Oct. 29, when an early snow storm hit the Northeast. Seven of the flights were domestic, while 26 were international. October is the second month in which international flights were included in the tally.
Most of the flights were headed to either New York's JFK or Newark airports before being diverted. The 33 is the largest monthly tally of long delays since before a rule intended to limit them took effect last April.
Cancellations overall were down in October, and a greater percentage of flights arrived on time.