Punctuality of scheduled airlines drops at four UK airports

Punctuality of scheduled airlines has improved in the first quarter of 2006, despite a drop in on-time performance at Gatwick, London City, Manchester and Newcastle airport. Figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) compare first quarter on-time performance figures of scheduled airlines (defined as early to 15 minutes late) among 10 UK airports with that of the same period in 2005. On-time scheduled flights at London City Airport dropped three points from 77% in 2005 to 74% in 2006. The airport also recorded an increase in average delay time from 12 minutes in 2005 to 13 in 2006. The proportion of on-time flights at Gatwick also fell from 74% in the first quarter of 2005 to 72% in 2006 with Manchester and Newcastle airports both falling one point to 77% and 78% respectively. Among chartered airlines, the percentage of on-time flights during the same period fell by one point to 65%, with Glasgow Airport recording a five per cent drop to 71%. Average delay at the Scotland-based airport also increased by 11 minutes, from 18 in 2005 to 29 minutes in 2006 though authorities point to blizzards on March 12 and 13 that temporarily closed the airport and disrupted schedules.

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