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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.

You can view data for several other UK charter airlines, or view charter airline delays at airport level, by selecting a different page from the appropriate menu to the right.
  
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2007
Noteworthy Punctuality
During the 2007 summer season, First Choice Airways was the most punctual UK charter airline at Glasgow, and was runner-up UK charter airline for punctuality at Edinburgh and London Luton.
Rolling Year to Date
  First Choice Charter Flights All UK Charter Flights
Jan '07 -
Dec '07
Jan '06 -
Dec '06
Jan '07 -
Dec '07
Jan '06 -
Dec '06
Average Delay (mins) 25.44 23.95 26.86 27.22
Within 15 mins (%) 63.65 67.06 65.98 66.77
1 hour+ late (%) 9.94 9.01 10.60 10.63
3 hours+ late (%) 2.09 2.01 2.53 2.70
Total Flights Analysed 20,651 20,867 119,024 127,170
First Choice charter flight punctuality declined slightly during 2007 compared with 2006, the average delay increasing from 24 to 25 minutes and on-time performance reducing from 67% to 64%.

Broadly, First Choice charter flight punctuality was slightly better than the UK average during 2007, with the exception of on-time performance which was 2% poorer than average.
Summer 2007 Summer 2007
Note: A small number of flights at Newcastle (6) were not analysed.
Rank Airport Avg. Delay
(mins)
Within 15
mins (%)
1 hour+
late (%)
3 hours+
late (%)
Total Flights
analysed
1 London Luton 13.09 73.07 4.39 0.15 661
2 Glasgow 16.19 73.93 4.49 0.34 890
3 London Stansted 20.42 68.63 5.02 1.51 797
4 Birmingham 23.44 74.37 5.89 1.90 1,580
5 London Gatwick 27.72 59.37 11.61 2.18 6,294
6 Edinburgh 27.77 25.00 7.14 0.00 56
7 Manchester 31.16 60.22 13.53 3.13 5,692
ALL AIRPORTS > > >  26.91 62.88 10.69 2.26 15,970
First Choice charter flights at London Luton, Glasgow, London Stansted and Birmingham airports had good punctuality during the summer 2007 season.

Flights at London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Manchester had poorer timekeeping with average flights at these airports delayed by around 30 minutes and on-time performance of 60% or less.

At Manchester in particular 1 in 7 First Choice charter flights was delayed by over an hour during the season, the highest level recorded for the airline at Manchester since we began analysing records in 2002.
Winter 2006 / 2007 Winter 2006 / 2007
Note: A small number of flights to and from Newcastle (4) were not analysed.
Rank Airport Avg. Delay
(mins)
Within 15
mins (%)
1 hour+
late (%)
3 hours+
late (%)
Total Flights
analysed
1 London Luton 14.56 63.01 4.11 0.00 73
2 Glasgow 14.61 75.16 5.56 0.98 306
3 Birmingham 16.40 76.88 6.13 2.51 359
4 Manchester 18.37 73.11 6.95 1.77 1,755
5 London Gatwick 21.55 62.27 7.90 1.39 1,874
6 London Stansted 26.36 68.06 6.60 1.74 288
7 Edinburgh 28.02 49.18 14.75 0.00 61
ALL AIRPORTS > > >  19.79 68.45 7.21 1.57 4,716
There was an improvement in First Choice charter flight punctuality during the winter 2006 / 07 season compared with the same period the previous year, and the carrier was the most punctual analysed charter airline over the season.

Good punctuality was seen at London Luton, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester airports, while longer delays were recorded at London Gatwick, London Stansted and Edinburgh airports.
 
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