Scheduled flight punctuality improves

The punctuality of scheduled airlines during the third quarter of 2005 improved slightly compared with the same period in 2004, according to figures released today by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). During the same period, the punctuality of charter airlines fell. Scheduled Flights During July to September 2005 the overall on-time performance (defined as early to 15 minutes late) of scheduled airlines at the ten UK airports monitored rose from 70% to 71% compared with the third quarter of 2004. Of the ten monitored airports, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh recorded an improvement in the punctuality of scheduled flights. Punctuality at Heathrow rose from 61% in the third quarter of 2004 to 68% in the third quarter of 2005. The on-time performance at Gatwick was 69% in the third quarter of 2004, but fell to 59% in the third quarter of 2005. The average delay across all the scheduled flights monitored decreased to 16 minutes in the third quarter of 2005 from 17 minutes in 2004. Gatwick, London City, Birmingham and Newcastle experienced increases in average delay for scheduled flights while all of the other airports either maintained or reduced levels of delay. Charter Flights The proportion of on-time charter flights in July to September 2005 was 66%, three percentage points lower than the 2004 figure of 69%. Charter flight punctuality at the London airports fell from 68% in the third quarter of 2004 to 62% in 2005, while on-time charter performance at the regional airports fell from 69% to 68% in the same period. The average delay in the third quarter across all the charter flights monitored increased to 31 minutes in 2005 from 26 minutes in 2004. Glasgow was the only airport where the average charter delay was lower than in 2004.

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