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IATA delay


IATA delay codes were created

to standardise the reporting by
airlines of commercial flight
departure delays. Previously,
every airline had its own
system, which made the
sharing and aggregation of
flight delay information
difficult. IATA standardised the
flight delay reporting format by
using codes that attribute
cause and responsibility for the
delay; this supports aviation
administration and logistics
and helps to define any
penalties arising. These codes
are used in movement
messages sent electronically
by SITA from the departure
airport to the destination
airport and also in the internal
administration of the airlines,
airports and ground handling
An aircraft held on the ground
incurs costs, consequently
airlines plan operations to
minimise ground time. It is
common practice for airlines
and aircraft ground handling to
have contracts based on a
bonus-malus system,
penalising the causative agent
for delays caused. Delay code
properties cover nine category
sets for delay. Each category
set can be described using
either a two digit number code
or a two letter alpha code; most
airlines use the numeric format
but some prefer the alpha.
Many airlines further subdivide
the IATA codes with an
additional character, for more
granular delay analysis, but
these are not standardized.

Delay Codes starting

with 0 (internal)
Delay codes starting with 0 are
used for internal airline
purposes. Airlines are free to
define these codes and to
determine particular
application fields.
However the following codes
are standard, even if some
airlines do not use them and
create their own customized
delay codes:

00–05: These codes are left

blank so that each airline
may develop codes
specifically to meet their own
individual requirements, e.g.,
03: "Three-class system"
moving curtain.
06 (OA): No gate/stand
availability due to own airline
07: Aircraft connection by
08: Aircraft connection by
miscellaneous, traffic,
marketing flight operations,
ground handling, cabin
services, etc.
09 (SG): Scheduled ground
time less than declared
minimum ground time

Delay Codes starting

with 1
These Codes are used to
describe delays caused by
Passenger and Baggage

11 (PD): Late check-in,

acceptance of passengers
after deadline
12 (PL): Late Check-in,
congestion in check-in area
13 (PE): Check-in error
14 (PO): Oversales, booking
15 (PH): Boarding,
discrepancies and paging,
missing checked-in
passenger at gate
16 (PS): Commercial
Publicity, Passenger
Convenience, VIP, Press,
Ground meals and missing
personal items
17 (PC): Catering order, late
or incorrect order given to
18 (PB): Baggage
processing, sorting, etc.
19 (PW): Reduced Mobility,
Boarding/Deboarding of
passengers with reduced

Delay Codes starting

with 2 (cargo/mail)
These Codes are used to
describe delays caused by
Cargo (21-26) and Mail
Handling (27-29).

21 (CD): Documentation,
errors, etc.
22 (CP): Late positioning
23 (CC): Late acceptance
24 (CI): Inadequate packing
25 (CO): Oversales, booking
26 (CU): Late preparation in
27 (CE): Mail Oversales,
packing, etc.
28 (CL): Mail Late positioning
29 (CA): Mail Late

Delay Codes starting

with 3 (handling)
These Codes are used to
describe delays caused by
aircraft and ramp handling

31 (GD): Aircraft
documentation late or
inaccurate, weight and
balance (Loadsheet), general
declaration, passenger
manifest, etc.
32 (GL): Loading, Unloading,
bulky/special load, cabin
load, lack of loading staff
33 (GE): Loading Equipment,
lack of or breakdown, e.g.
container pallet loader, lack
of staff
34 (GS): Servicing
Equipment, lack of or
breakdown, lack of staff, e.g.
35 (GC): Aircraft Cleaning
36 (GF): Fuelling, Defuelling,
fuel supplier
37 (GB): Catering, late
delivery or loading
38 (GU): ULD, Containers,
pallets, lack of or breakdown
39 (GT): Technical
equipment, lack of or
breakdown, lack of staff, e.g.

Delay Codes starting

with 4 (technical)
These codes are used to
describe technical delay
41 (TD): Aircraft defects
42 (TM): Scheduled
maintenance, late release
43 (TN): Non-scheduled
maintenance, special checks
and / or additional works
beyond normal maintenance
44 (TS): Spares and
maintenance equipment, lack
of or breakdown
45 (TA): AOG (Aircraft on
ground for technical reasons)
Spares, to be carried to
another station
46 (TC): Aircraft change for
technical reasons
47 (TL): Standby aircraft, lack
of planned standby aircraft
for technical reasons
48 (TV): Scheduled cabin
configuration and version

Delay Codes starting

with 5
These Codes are used to
describe damage to aircraft
and automated equipment
51 (DF): Damage during flight
operations, bird or lightning
strike, turbulence, heavy or
overweight landing
52 (DG): Damage during
ground operations, collisions
(other than during taxiing),
loading/offloading damage,
contamination, towing,
extreme weather conditions.
55 (ED): Departure Control
System, Check-in, weight and
balance (loadcontrol),
computer system error,
baggage sorting, gate-reader
error or problems
56 (EC): Cargo
57 (EF): Flight plans
58 (EO): Other computer

Delay Codes starting

with 6 (operation)
These codes are assigned to
Operations and Crew caused

61 (FP): Flight plan, late

completion or change of
flight documentation
62 (FF): Operational
requirements, fuel, load
63 (FT): Late crew boarding
or departure procedures
64 (FS): Flight deck crew
shortage, Crew rest
65 (FR): Flight deck crew
special request or error not
within operational
66 (FL): Late cabin crew
boarding or departure
67 (FC): Cabin crew shortage
68 (FA): Cabin crew error or
special request
69 (FB): Captain request for
security check, extraordinary

Delay Codes starting

with 7 (weather)
These Codes explain weather
caused delays.

71 (WO): Departure station

72 (WT): Destination station
73 (WR): En route or
75 (WI): De-Icing of aircraft,
removal of ice/snow, frost
76 (WS): Removal of
snow/ice/water/sand from
77 (WG): Ground handling
impaired by adverse weather

Delay Codes starting

with 8 (air tra�c
These Codes are used for Air
Traffic Control (ATC)
Restrictions (81-84) and Airport
or Governmental Authorities
caused delays.

81 (AT): ATC restriction en-

route or capacity
82 (AX): ATC restriction due
to staff shortage or
equipment failure en-route
83 (AE): ATC restriction at
84 (AW): ATC restriction due
to weather at destination
85 (AS): Mandatory security
86 (AG): Immigration,
Customs, Health
87 (AF): Airport Facilities,
parking stands, ramp
congestion, buildings, gate
limitations, ...
88 (AD): Restrictions at
airport of destination,
airport/runway closed due
obstruction, industrial action,
staff shortage, political
unrest, noise abatement,
night curfew, special flights,
89 (AM): Restrictions at
airport of departure,
airport/runway closed due
obstruction, industrial action,
staff shortage, political
unrest, noise abatement,
night curfew, special flights,
start-up and pushback, ...

Delay Codes starting

with 9 (miscellaneous)
Codes used for reactionary
reasons or Miscellaneous.

91 (RL): Passenger or Load

Connection, awaiting load or
passengers from another
flight. Protection of stranded
passengers onto a new flight.
92 (RT): Through Check-in
error, passenger and
93 (RA): Aircraft rotation, late
arrival of aircraft from
another flight or previous
94 (RS): Cabin crew rotation
95 (RC): Crew rotation,
awaiting crew from another
flight (flight deck or entire
96 (RO): Operations control,
rerouting, diversion,
consolidation, aircraft
change for reasons other
than technical
97 (MI): Industrial action
within own airline
98 (MO): Industrial action
outside own airline, excluding
99 (MX): Miscellaneous, not
elsewhere specified

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