CAA releases flight punctuality data

Data just released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show that a quarter of all scheduled flights at UK airports were delayed in the third quarter of 2014 (July to September).

The CAA monitored 381,000 scheduled and 30,000 charter flights at 10 UK airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle, during the July to September period.

Overall, at the London airports, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City, 73% of scheduled flights were on time, compared with 79% in the same period in 2013.

At the five other UK airports monitored, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle, scheduled flight punctuality was down from 82% to 79% when compared with 2013.

On average, monitored scheduled flights were delayed by 14 minutes – an increase of two minutes when compared to the third quarter of 2013.

The overall on-time performance for charter flights at the 10 UK airports was 71%, down 8% on the third quarter of 2013. The average delay of a charter flight was 18 minutes – two minutes longer than in the third quarter of 2013.

An ‘on-time’ flight is defined as departing or arriving at a UK airport either early or up to 15 minutes late.

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