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First Choice Airways First Choice Airways
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These pages show punctuality and delay statistics for First Choice Airways charter flights at UK reporting airports. Data is available for 2002 to 2008, when the airline merged with Thomsonfly to form Thomson Airways. Simply select which year you are interested in below.

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2006
Noteworthy Punctuality
During the 2006 summer season, First Choice Airways were the most punctual UK charter airline at Glasgow, and were runner-up UK charter airline for punctuality at Manchester.
Rolling Year to Date
  First Choice Charter Flights All UK Charter Flights
Jan '06 -
Dec '06
Jan '05 -
Dec '05
Jan '06 -
Dec '06
Jan '05 -
Dec '05
Average Delay (mins) 23.95 17.28 27.22 27.48
Within 15 mins (%) 67.06 72.46 66.77 67.15
1 hour+ late (%) 9.01 6.16 10.63 10.79
3 hours+ late (%) 2.01 1.14 2.70 2.78
Total Flights Analysed 20,867 22,637 127,170 129,035
The average First Choice charter flight was delayed by 24 minutes during 2006, a 38% increase on the 2005 average, with on-time performance dropping five percentage points from 72% in 2005 to 67% in 2006.

Despite the increase in delays, First Choice charter punctuality remained better than the UK average during the year.
Summer 2006 Summer 2006
Rank Airport Avg. Delay
(mins)
Within 15
mins (%)
1 hour+
late (%)
3 hours+
late (%)
Total Flights
analysed
1 Glasgow 11.61 79.83 3.42 0.73 818
2 London Stansted 17.44 71.80 5.14 1.13 798
3 Birmingham 18.08 72.55 7.61 1.22 1,643
4 Edinburgh 20.87 53.73 7.46 0.00 67
5 London Luton 21.30 63.66 7.73 0.86 699
6 Manchester 21.53 68.03 8.69 1.69 5,671
7 London Gatwick 27.38 62.06 10.72 2.28 6,241
ALL AIRPORTS > > >  22.74 66.70 8.88 1.75 15,937
First Choice punctuality slipped during summer 2006 compared with the previous year when the airline was awarded the most punctual UK charter airline. Summer 2006 saw the carrier in third position, the average delay increasing to nearly 23 minutes, a 34% increase on the summer 2005 average.

First Choice flights at Glasgow boasted the best punctuality during the season, with an average delay of only 12 minutes.

A significant proportion of First Choice charter flights operated at Manchester airport during the season, where slightly better than average performance for the airline was recorded, and where the airline finished as runner-up for punctuality.

The poorest timekeeping for First Choice flights was seen at London Gatwick airport, where the airline operated more charter flights than any other carrier during the season, and where the average delay was over 27 minutes with 1 in 9 flights delayed by over an hour. This was a much poorer performance than seen for the airline during summer 2005 at the airport, when they were the best UK charter airline for punctuality at Gatwick.
Winter 2005 / 2006 Winter 2005 / 2006
Note: A small number of services to and from Newcastle (6) were not analysed
Rank Airport Avg. Delay
(mins)
Within 15
mins (%)
1 hour+
late (%)
3 hours+
late (%)
Total Flights
analysed
1 Birmingham 13.06 83.56 5.12 1.35 371
2 London Luton 17.36 71.07 8.26 0.83 121
3 Edinburgh 20.83 62.96 11.11 0.00 54
4 Manchester 21.39 73.77 7.91 2.09 1,910
5 London Stansted 25.68 72.63 9.82 3.16 285
6 Glasgow 34.51 74.35 7.79 3.25 308
7 London Gatwick 34.68 63.22 11.32 3.52 1,846
ALL AIRPORTS > > >  26.74 70.32 9.13 2.66 4,895
Punctuality of First Choice Airways flights dropped significantly during the winter 2005 / 2006 season, following good performances for the carrier since summer 2003.

The average flight was delayed nearly 27 minutes, though when examining punctuality data at airport level significant variation can be seen.


The best First Choice punctuality was at Birmingham, where the average flight was delayed only 13 minutes and 84% of flights operated on time.

The poorest punctuality was seen at Glasgow and London Gatwick, where the average flight was delayed by over 34 minutes, and in the case of Gatwick only 63% of flights operated on time with 1 in 9 services over an hour late.
 
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