Flights can get delayed for a range (and infrequently a mixture) of causes and understanding the lingo helps handle expectations and when in search of a refund or compensation. “It [delays] could possibly be technical, operational, crewing, climate, air site visitors management, or ready for connecting passengers,” says Brett Manders, pilot and creator of Behind the Flight Deck Door.
Operational: “Generally busy airports could be constrained by the variety of arrivals and departures they will course of.”
Crewing: “On events, the crew can ‘run out of hours.’ Pilots and cabin crew have very particular limits on the variety of hours we’re allowed to work. While pilots have been known as glorified bus drivers, and folks assume cabin crew is airborne waiters/waitresses, we even have roles associated to security. You don’t need your crew affected by fatigue ought to an emergency occur.”
Climate: “Thunderstorms in and round an airport actually put the brakes on operations. Pilots don’t wish to fly close to them. An airport might have a number of runways, however as a result of robust winds, just one is open for take-offs and landings. It will decelerate departures and arrivals. It can additionally trigger consequential delays down the road for airports that aren’t affected by the climate system.”