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UC Berkeley Study: Passengers Pay Half of $32.9 Billion in Flight Delay Costs

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BERKELEY) -- A study released Monday by the University of California, Berkeley found that domestic flight delays cost $32.9 billion, with $16.7 billion of that cost falling onto the lap of passengers through lost time and expenses.

"This is the most comprehensive study done to date analyzing the monetary cost of airline flight delays," said Mark Hansen, UC Berkeley civil and environmental engineering professor and lead researcher on the study. 

The study, which was commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration, analyzed data from 2007 that was intended to calculate the financial impact of flight delays on both airlines and passengers, the cost of lost demand, and the collective impact of these costs on the U.S. economy, according to UC Berkeley.

Study results ultimately showed that "decreased delays directly correlate with increased costs."  The $16.7 billion costs carried by airline passengers was calculated  "based on lost passenger time due to flight delays, cancellations and missed connections, plus expenses such as food and accommodations that are incurred from being away from home for additional time," said UC Berkeley researchers. "The FAA commissioned the research because previous studies had discrepant numbers in some key areas of concern."

"The significance of this study is its use of innovative techniques to quantify the total cost of congestion to the aviation industry, the economy and society," said David K. Chin, director of performance analysis and strategy at the FAA's Strategy and Performance Business Unit. "These innovations created new economic measures for airline schedule padding, passenger delay impact and lost productivity," said Chin.

According to the report, "not all delays can or should be eliminated, especially delays due to mechanical failures and severe weather that are necessary to protect passenger safety."

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