airline delaysDelayed flights cost the U.S. economy a total of $32.9 billion every year, according to a new study of domestic flights.

More than half that figure is money out of the pockets of passengers, who are forced to spend money on items including food and hotel rooms while they wait for their plane, according to a report commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Airlines lose money on delays because of higher expenses for their crew, fuel and maintenance, The Washington Post said. Delays also force the airlines to run fewer flights.

"This report underscores what we have been saying all along, that flight delays drive billions of dollars in added costs, both to our airlines and ultimately to their customers," said James C. May, CEO of the American Transportation Association.

In 2007, one quarter of domestic flights arrived more than 15 minutes late.

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Yes airlines are responsible for MX delays...but the majority of delays are caused by an outdated air traffic system. Not one aircraft moves without a government employee saying clear to push from gate..clear to taxi....clear to takeoff...clear to land....and yes they do adjust block times...most flight to from Wash DC and NY are less then 30 mins flight time but have upto 90 mins block time....Quit bitching about airlines already...

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