Scheduled flight punctuality falls at Gatwick

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has released the results of its survey of flight punctuality in the UK showing that the number of on-time scheduled flights at Gatwick fell by 3% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period last year.

A total of 58,000 scheduled and 6,000 charter flights were monitored during the April to June 2012 period, with 78% of scheduled flights arriving on time – down from 81%. A total of 77% of charter flights were on time, up from 75% in the same period last year.

The average time delay was 13 minutes for scheduled flights, and 15 minutes for charter flights.

The CAA, which monitors passenger flights, arrivals and departures, at ten UK Airports, – Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, London City, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow – regards a flight as on time if is early or up to 15 minutes after its scheduled departure or arrival time.

350,000 scheduled and 20,000 charter passenger flights were measured at the ten airports.

The worst-performing airport for delays was Heathrow, which saw on-time performance for scheduled flights fall by 6% to 73% during the April to June 2012 period.

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