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Flight delays -- is this normal?

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I don't fly often -- maybe once a year, go international maybe every other year. But my last two international flights have been delayed and I wonder if that is trend. Early in June, I had 7:28 p.m. Delta flight leaving Atlanta for Dublin. First, the flight was delayed for 2 hours because the plane was late coming in from Rome. Then, after we boarded, the pre-flight check showed problem and we all disembarked, waited, were told that a part would be replaced (but engine had to cool down first so that could be done). Scary part was being told after midnight that if work was not completed by 2 a.m., the crew would have exceeded the regulation duty time and would have to "stand down". A question about what would happen then was not answered. We were able to take off at 1:58 a.m. and had a smooth flight then to Dublin but did arrived 6 1/2 hours late. Returning home, take off was delayed by 2 hours because the plane was late arriving from Atlanta (where its previous evening take off had been pushed back because of thunderstorms). That was no problem for us but the folks in the seats behind us were worrying about their connecting flights.
Two years before, our plane was 3 hours late taking off from Atlanta for Amsterdam (also because of mechanical problem but this time they substituted another plane). We missed, by just a few minutes, our connecting flight to Berlin so were about 3 hours late arriving. In all cases, we had smooth flights and I know that is the most important thing but it seems planes may be expected to "turn around" very quickly these days and that is leading to problems?

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