It took five hours to fly from New York to Los Angeles, and only 45 minutes to hop from New York to Washington, DC. Now, these very same flights currently take hours and 75 minutes although the airports have not moved apart. BBC: It’s called”schedule creep,” or padding. And it’s a secret that the airlines do not want you to know about, particularly given the spillover effects for the environment. Padding is the excess time airlines allow themselves to fly from A to B. Because these flights were consistently late, airlines have baked delays experienced for decades in their schedules instead of improving operations.
After is that although you take off late, you are pleasantly surprised to come at your destination on time — it might appear innocuous enough to the passenger. But multiple problems are posed by this trend: not only does your trip take longer but creating the illusion of means meaning congestion and carbon emissions will keep rising. “On average, over 30% of all flights arrive more than 15 minutes late every day despite padding,” states Captain Michael Baiada, president of aviation ATH Group citing the US Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report.