Since before the international recession hit back in 2008, UK air passenger numbers are up to their highest.
Between January and March this year 50.2 million passengers took to the skies. This is the highest first quarter of the year since 2008.
However, whilst passenger numbers are flying high, fueling the air capacity crisis in the South East, flight punctuality is actually falling at nearly all UK airports.
Just 80% of UK airports are seeing flights take off on time, previously 85% for the same period last year. Broken down, this sees London airports drop off from 84% to 80% punctual and regional airport falling from 86% to 81% punctual.
However, Bournemouth and Jersey did see their punctuality increase; instead they were the only airports to increase punctuality, Bournemouth by 1 minute and Jersey by 2 minutes.
This information comes as NATS announced that last Friday, 24th July, the busiest day of the ‘Great British Get Away’ summer holidays, that its Air Traffic Controllers handled 8,000 flights through the UK in just one day!