More scheduled flights arrived on time in the last quarter of 2011 than in the same period in 2010.
According to figures just released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), 80% of scheduled flights arrived either early on up to 15 minutes late during October to December â€“ an increase of 12% compared to 2010. Average delays also fell to 11 minutes â€“ down from 21 minutes.
London Airports saw a greater improvement than regional airports â€“ on-time performance figures for scheduled flights at London Airports improved by 13% to 80%.
The best performance at London Airports was seen at Stansted where on-time performance increase by 16% to 85%. Gatwick and Luton saw average delay times reduce by 12 minutes, Heathrowâ€™s average delay fell by nine minutes with an on-time performance increased by 12%. London City Airportâ€™s average delay fell by six minutes while its on-time performance increased by seven percent.
Regional airports witnessed on-time performance increases by nine percent with the average delay falling by nine minutes – average delays fell by seven minutes at Manchester, eight minutes at Edinburgh, nine minutes at Glasgow, 11 minutes at Birmingham and 13 minutes at Newcastle.
Charter flights saw an increase in on-time performance by 10% to 73% in the last quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.