New Audit Announcements
Audit Initiated of Air Carrier Flight Delays and Cancellations
The Office of Inspector General plans to initiate an audit on the impact of air carrier flight delays and cancellations in the United States. We are conducting our review in accordance with a provision in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which also directed us to review air carrier scheduling practices and the use of airport capacity benchmarks (i.e., hourly flight operations that a major airport can handle safely). Our audit objectives will be to (1) analyze recent flight delay and cancellation trends, (2) examine air carrier scheduling practices and their relative impact in causing flight delays and cancellations, and (3) assess FAA’s use of capacity benchmarks to help manage air traffic at the Nation’s busiest airports.