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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.

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, XL Airways was the most punctual UK charter airline at London Luton.
Rolling Year to Date
  XL 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) 31.77 37.70 26.86 27.22
Within 15 mins (%) 68.10 62.17 65.98 66.77
1 hour+ late (%) 11.05 14.57 10.60 10.63
3 hours+ late (%) 3.85 4.58 2.53 2.70
Total Flights Analysed 12,383 13,427 119,024 127,170
XL Airways charter flight punctuality improved significantly during 2007 compared with 2006, the average delay reducing from 38 minutes to 32 minutes, and on-time performance increasing from 62% to 68%. Also, fewer flights were delayed by over an hour.

Despite the improvement, XL punctuality remained poorer than the UK average during 2007, with the exception of on-time performance which was actually 2% points higher than the UK average during the year.
Summer 2007 Summer 2007
Note: A small number of flights to and from Edinburgh (9) were not included in the analysis.
Rank Airport Avg. Delay
(mins)
Within 15
mins (%)
1 hour+
late (%)
3 hours+
late (%)
Total Flights
analysed
1 London Luton 12.36 86.84 4.21 2.11 190
2 Birmingham 15.90 82.09 5.22 3.73 134
3 London Gatwick 26.54 68.61 10.42 3.09 4,635
4 Glasgow 27.19 77.32 7.67 3.10 613
5 London Stansted 32.40 74.85 10.18 3.39 501
6 Newcastle 32.55 72.51 8.82 3.49 975
7 Manchester 35.59 68.48 11.83 4.45 3,077
ALL AIRPORTS > > >  29.79 70.30 10.33 3.55 10,125
XL Airways charter flights were delayed by an average of 30 minutes during the 2007 summer season, with 70% on-time performance, a marked improvement for the airline on punctuality compared with recent years.

Good punctuality was seen at London Luton and Birmingham airports, with over 80% on-time performance and average delays of around 15 minutes or less.

XL charter flights at London Gatwick, Glasgow, London Stansted and Newcastle had close to average punctuality for the airline, while at Manchester the longest delays were recorded averaging 36 minutes with nearly 1 in 8 flights delayed by over an hour.
Winter 2006 / 2007 Winter 2006 / 2007
Note: A small number of flights to and from London Stansted (9) and Edinburgh (7) were not analysed.
Rank Airport Avg. Delay
(mins)
Within 15
mins (%)
1 hour+
late (%)
3 hours+
late (%)
Total Flights
analysed
1 Birmingham 33.99 54.46 12.87 3.96 101
2 Manchester 40.59 63.27 13.27 5.22 882
3 London Gatwick 54.65 49.92 19.11 7.97 1,230
4 London Luton 57.10 34.48 27.59 13.79 58
5 Glasgow 75.86 42.86 33.33 14.29 21
6 Newcastle 80.42 47.37 10.53 5.26 19
ALL AIRPORTS > > >  48.85 54.74 16.88 6.92 2,311
Manchester and London Gatwick were the only UK reporting airports with a significant number of XL Airways charter flights during the winter 2006 / 07 season.

Punctuality was better at Manchester than London Gatwick, with an average delay recorded of 41 minutes and 55 minutes respectively for the airports.

Both of these represent poor statistics, particularly at London Gatwick where less than half of all XL Airways flights operated on-time and nearly 1 in 5 flights was delayed by over an hour.

As a result the winter 2006 / 07 season was the worst season on record for XL Airways punctuality.
 
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