Old Jan 6, 18, 5:52 pm
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HilFly
 
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
ATC delays are specifically mentioned in the Regulation as being something outside an airline's control. The point of the Regulation was to change airline behaviour where they were avoidably failing their customers. Realistically LHR in particular runs at close to 100% capacity and it is difficult for BA - on its own - to do much about improving that without the Third Runway or a similar capacity improvement nearby. As to what a typical delay in take off looks like, that gets a bit complicated. So for example you will see that flight from LHR to NCL are scheduled at 75 minutes. In reality, the flying time in that direction is 45 to 50 minutes. There are rarely delays when arriving at NCL and taxi time there is 5 minutes, you run out of airport after that. So you can see in there that 20 minutes is expected to get the service airborne from LHR. Depending on runway selection that allows for a bit of delay or queuing but not much. This issue comes to the fore if the NCL service is 3 hours 5 minutes late leaving LHR: If it takes 30 minutes to get airborne due to congestion then there is going to be an argument that 10 to 30 minutes of any final delay is due to ATC slots and therefore they slide just under the 3 hour cut off.
If a mechanical problem causes a flight to miss its original ATC slot, isn't it part and parcel of a delay caused by a mechanical problem? Wi
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