Stansted: Airport improves punctuality and cuts delays in second quarter

THE punctuality of flights from the UK’s leading airports improved during the second quarter of 2011, the Civil Aviation Authority said yesterday – with Stansted showing one of the biggest increases in the percentage of on-time departures.

The percentage of scheduled flights leaving Stansted on time from April to June rose by eight percentage points compared with last year’s second quarter, from 78% to 86% – the second-biggest improvement in the country, behind Gatwick – while charter flights from Stansted also improved their punctuality rate, from 74% to 78%.

Both figures put Stansted ahead of average for the country’s 10 biggest airports – 82% for scheduled flights and 74% for charter flights.

Measured on internal flghts between the 10 airports, Stansted topped the table with a figure of 91%.

The average delay for all flghts at Stansted was eight minutes for scheduled services and 15 minutes for charter services, down from 13 minutes and 18 minutes respectively in the second quarter of last year.

The average delay across all 10 airports was 11 minutes for scheduled flights and 20 minutes for charter flights.