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These pages show punctuality and delay statistics for XL Airways (previously known as Excel Airways) charter flights at UK reporting airports. Data is available for 2002 to 2008, when the airline ceased operations. Simply select which year you are interested in below.

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2006
Rolling Year to Date
  XL 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) 37.70 40.59 27.22 27.48
Within 15 mins (%) 62.17 60.40 66.77 67.15
1 hour+ late (%) 14.57 14.81 10.63 10.79
3 hours+ late (%) 4.58 4.45 2.70 2.78
Total Flights Analysed 13,427 12,686 127,170 129,035
The punctuality of XL Airways flights improved in 2006 compared with 2005, the average delay reducing from 41 minutes to 38 minutes and on-time performance increasing by two percentage points to 62%.

This punctuality performance remained well below the UK charter average, particularly the proportion of flights delayed extensively (by over 3 hours) which affected nearly 1 in 20 XL charter flights on 2006, compared to around 1 in 40 across the UK.
Summer 2006 Summer 2006
Note: A small number of flights to and from Edinburgh (8) were not included in the analysis.
Rank Airport Avg. Delay
(mins)
Within 15
mins (%)
1 hour+
late (%)
3 hours+
late (%)
Total Flights
analysed
1 Birmingham 14.35 83.64 7.27 0.00 55
2 Newcastle 19.37 76.37 6.53 1.85 1,134
3 Glasgow 25.49 64.02 12.96 2.29 656
4 Manchester 34.65 67.11 13.87 3.79 3,743
5 London Gatwick 41.97 58.73 15.43 5.68 5,847
6 London Luton 48.00 20.00 25.00 5.00 20
7 London Stansted 85.02 8.20 45.90 8.20 61
ALL AIRPORTS > > >  36.53 63.28 14.04 4.48 11,516
During the summer 2006 season the majority of XL Airways charter flights operated at Manchester and London Gatwick, with poor timekeeping recorded at both airports.

At Gatwick in particular, on-time performance was less than 59% and 1 in 6 flights were delayed by over an hour.

Newcastle and Glasgow were the only other reporting airports where a significant volume of XL flights operated, and where in both cases punctuality was much better.
Winter 2005 / 2006 Winter 2005 / 2006
Note: A small number of flights to and from Glasgow (10), Birmingham (8), London Luton (7) and London Stansted (2) were not included in the analysis.
Rank Airport Avg. Delay
(mins)
Within 15
mins (%)
1 hour+
late (%)
3 hours+
late (%)
Total Flights
analysed
1 Manchester 33.62 63.45 14.04 3.72 591
2 London Gatwick 38.21 52.54 15.92 3.07 1,043
ALL AIRPORTS > > >  36.55 56.49 15.24 3.30 1,634
The punctuality of XL charter flights over the winter 2005 / 2006 season was better than for the same period the previous year, but remained well below the average for all charter flights with the average flight delayed by 37 minutes.

Timekeeping at Manchester was slightly better than at London Gatwick.
 
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