Regulators are putting more pressure, sometimes with draconic penalties, on airlines to eliminate lengthy delays on the tarmac. These demands will require much tighter collaboration between airlines and airports to satisfy. The first task is to minimize avoidable delays, caused by mistakes by—or miscommunication among—airlines, airports and service providers. For unavoidable delays, for example due to weather, aircraft must be kept at gates if possible, not in long, ...

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