By Eddy Metcalf
March 29, 2011 - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA),
published data showing that 32% of scheduled flights at
the ten airports monitored by the CAA were late between
October and December 2010. This compares with 24% in the
same period in 2009. More flights were late and the
average delay increased at all monitored airports during
Commenting on the figures, Iain Osborne, CAA Group
Director for Regulatory Policy, said: ?During the final
three months of last year, nearly a third of flights
were more than 15 minutes late. The worst performers
were charter flights from
?While some of the fall in punctuality can be explained by the terrible weather in November and December, that doesn?t explain it all. The CAA website contains a guide for passengers to use to check which airline has the best punctuality on their chosen route.?
performance on days affected by bad weather shows that about a
third of the reduction in on-time performance and about a
quarter of the increase in average delay is due to
weather-related disruption. The remainder of the changes has
therefore arisen due to other causes.
last quarter of last year, there were 309,000 scheduled flights
and 14,000 charter flights at the ten airports monitored, drops
of four and 14% respectively, compared with the fourth quarter
October to December 2010, the overall on-time performance (which
is defined as leaving/arriving early or leaving/arriving up to
15 minutes late) of scheduled flights at the ten UK airports
monitored was 68%, nine percentage points lower than in the
fourth quarter of 2009. The average delay across all scheduled
flights monitored was 21 minutes, an increase of six minutes
compared with the same period in 2009.
performance for scheduled flights at regional airports fell by seven
percentage points and the average delay increased by six minutes in the
fourth quarter of 2010 compared with the same period in 2009.
The proportion of
on-time charter flights fell by eight percentage points to 63%, compared
with the same period of 2009. The average delay across all charter
flights monitored in the fourth quarter of 2010 was 38 minutes, compared
to 24 minutes in the four quarter of 2009.
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