UK aviation maintains year-on-year punctuality performance for third quarter of 2013
Posted: 14 January 2014 | The UK Civil Aviation Authority | No comments yet
In the third quarter of 2013, 80% of scheduled flights were on-time, the same number compared to the third quarter of 2012…
- In the third quarter of 2013, 80% of scheduled flights were on-time, the same number compared to the third quarter of 2012.
- Punctuality of charter flights improved, particularly among flights to and from regional airports, where average delay fell by 5 minutes.
- Birmingham registered the biggest increase in flight on-time performance of six percentage points on scheduled flights and of five percentage points on charter flights. Gatwick with 75% of flights on-time and Heathrow with 76% registered the lowest on-time performance over scheduled flights at the 10 airports monitored by the CAA.
Data published by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) shows that during July to September 2013, the overall on-time performance (defined as the proportion of flights arriving or departing early, or up to 15 minutes late) of scheduled flights at the ten UK airports monitored was 80%, the same on-time performance achieved during the third quarter of 2012. The average delay across all scheduled flights monitored was 12 minutes, also the same as in the third quarter of 2013 compared with the previous year. However, charter on-time performance increased by 2 percentage points and average delay fell by 3 minutes.
In the third quarter of this year, there were 372,000 scheduled and 29,000 charter passenger flights at the ten airports monitored for punctuality by the CAA. This represents a 1.9% increase in scheduled flights and a 2.7% increase in charter flights, compared with the same quarter in 2012.
Iain Osborne, Group Director for Regulatory Policy at the CAA, said: “These figures highlight industry’s performance for aviation’s busiest period of the year, with millions of passengers taking flights for their summer holidays. It is therefore good to see that most passengers arrived at their destination in reasonable time.
However, this still means many passengers suffered disruption over the summer and we continue to challenge all parts of the aviation industry to work in partnership to improve punctuality and the experience of the UK’s travelling public.”
On-time performance for scheduled flights at London airports fell by one percentage point to 79% and the average delay remained unchanged at 12 minutes between the third quarter of 2012 and the same quarter in 2013. Heathrow’s on-time performance fell by 3 percentage points to 76% and London City’s fell by 2 percentage points to 89%. Luton’s on-time performance increased by two percentage points to 83%, Stansted’s increased by one percentage point to 85% and Gatwick’s remained unchanged at 75%. Similarly, Heathrow and London City’s average delay increased by one and two minutes respectively, while Stansted and Luton’s average fell by one and two minutes, in the third quarter of 2013 compared with the third quarter in 2012. Gatwick’s average delay remained unchanged year on year.
At the regional airports monitored in the third quarter of 2013, on-time performance increased by one percentage point to 82% and average delay fell by 2 minutes to 10 minutes. Compared with the same period in 2012, on-time performance increased at all the regional airports monitored, with the exception of Glasgow where it remained unchanged. Over this period, on-time performance increased by six percentage points at Birmingham, two percentage points at Newcastle and one percentage point at Manchester and Edinburgh.
In the third quarter of 2013, on-time performance of charter flights increased by two percentage points to 79%. Average delay across all charter flights monitored in the third quarter of 2013 was 16 minutes, a fall of 3 minutes compared with the third quarter of 2012. At Regional Airports, on-time performance increased by four percentage points to 80% and average delay fell by 5 minutes. However, on-time performance fell by one percentage point to 77% at London Airports and average delay remained unchanged.
Destinations with most flights
Among the 75 scheduled international destinations with the most flights in the third quarter of 2013 (covering routes with between 1,000 and 13,800 flights in the quarter), flights to and from Billund (Denmark) recorded the highest on-time performance of 90% and Rotterdam the lowest average delay of 4.9 minutes. Flights to and from Lisbon achieved the lowest on-time performance of 65.9% and Los Angeles the highest average delay of 22.1 minutes.