UK airports see shortest delays in years

Hotel News - 10/09/2009

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Both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports saw marked improvement, with the average delay for scheduled flights at the two main airports in Scotland cut by one-third, to nine and ten minutes, respectively, during the three month period ended 30 June, as compared with last year, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

In all, 84 per cent of all scheduled flights arrived on time at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, which was an improvement of more than 10 per cent over the same period in 2008. The industry classifies “on time” as being within 15 minutes of schedule.

The news of the improved performance followed shortly after the announcement by Network Rail that 91.1 per cent of trains in the UK arrived within five minutes of their scheduled time in the last year – a rail performance record.

BAA Scotland, the operator of Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, noted that the recession-induced reduction in the number of flights at congested airports, such as Heathrow, helped the on-time performance results.

According to the CAA, the improvement came as the number of flights in the UK was reduced by nine per cent, to the lowest level seen in six years. Passenger numbers fell by six per cent.

Glasgow airport also reported an improvement in the punctuality of charter flights, with the average delay reduced by nearly 50 per cent, to 18 minutes. Seventy-five per cent of the planes were on time for the period, as compared with just six months ago.

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