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The following tables show a breakdown of airline punctuality for scheduled flights between six London airports and Cape Town for each year, and the year to date for which data is available.

All flights in both directions on the route are counted, by analysing the punctuality of both arrivals and depatures at the London airport(s).
 
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Operating airportsOperating monthsAverage
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
RankAirlineLHRLGWLCYSTNLTNSENJFMAMJJASOND
1Thomas Cook Airlines              15.9458.572.860.0070
2British Airways             25.9874.945.191.81443
 ROUTE AVERAGE24.6172.714.871.56513

Operating airportsOperating monthsAverage
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
RankAirlineLHRLGWLCYSTNLTNJFMAMJJASOND
1Thomas Cook Airlines               18.0035.710.000.0014
2British Airways   18.3680.044.051.321,062
 ROUTE AVERAGE18.3579.464.001.301,076

Operating airportsOperating monthsAverage
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
RankAirlineLHRLGWLCYSTNLTNJFMAMJJASOND
1Virgin Atlantic Airways            3.6893.070.990.00202
2British Airways    11.2979.922.950.251,220
 ROUTE AVERAGE10.2181.792.670.211,422

Operating airportsOperating monthsAverage
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
RankAirlineLHRLGWLCYSTNLTNJFMAMJJASOND
1Virgin Atlantic Airways         7.4986.332.670.33300
2British Airways    13.3179.723.860.591,193
 ROUTE AVERAGE12.1481.043.620.541,493

Operating airportsOperating monthsAverage
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
RankAirlineLHRLGWLCYSTNLTNJFMAMJJASOND
1Virgin Atlantic Airways         5.7887.241.190.00337
2British Airways    23.8871.625.791.831,036
 ROUTE AVERAGE19.4375.464.661.381,373

Operating airportsOperating monthsAverage
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
RankAirlineLHRLGWLCYSTNLTNJFMAMJJASOND
1South African Airways        5.9892.941.700.24411
2Virgin Atlantic Airways        9.7785.122.980.89336
3British Airways    19.6066.474.900.981,020
 ROUTE AVERAGE14.5776.173.790.791,767

Operating airportsOperating monthsAverage
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
RankAirlineLHRLGWLCYSTNLTNJFMAMJJASOND
1South African Airways    11.3188.422.400.99708
2Virgin Atlantic Airways        12.0785.533.290.99304
3British Airways    19.7672.175.211.10999
 ROUTE AVERAGE15.6279.913.931.042,011

Operating airportsOperating monthsAverage
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
RankAirlineLHRLGWLCYSTNLTNJFMAMJJASOND
1South African Airways    9.3183.933.600.45666
2Virgin Atlantic Airways         15.1880.153.751.12267
3British Airways    18.0768.965.001.04960
 ROUTE AVERAGE14.5875.814.330.851,893

2009
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 South African Airways         8.04 90.25 2.23 0.56 718
2 Virgin Atlantic *         11.09 82.35 4.50 0.69 289
3 British Airways         20.75 68.22 3.97 0.99 1,007
  AVERAGE ALL 3 AIRLINES > > > 14.83 78.10 3.43 0.79 2,014
* - Virgin Atlantic did not operate LHR-CPT between May and September 2009


2008
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 South African Airways         13.58 76.58 3.93 0.70 713
2 British Airways         24.11 55.07 7.50 1.17 1,026
3 Virgin Atlantic *         33.09 63.07 11.76 2.29 306
  AVERAGE ALL 3 AIRLINES > > > 21.78 63.77 6.89 1.17 2,045
* - Virgin Atlantic did not operate LHR-CPT between May and September 2008


2007
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 South African Airways         14.16 70.82 4.52 0.41 730
2 Virgin Atlantic *         23.87 64.02 8.22 0.85 353
3 British Airways         25.06 53.67 8.91 0.98 1,021
  AVERAGE ALL 3 AIRLINES > > > 21.08 61.36 7.27 0.76 2,104
* - Virgin Atlantic did not operate LHR-CPT between May 2007 and September 2007

2006
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 South African Airways         16.98 70.82 4.11 1.10 730
2 Virgin Atlantic *         19.68 64.93 5.69 0.95 211
3 British Airways         26.10 62.81 11.17 1.23 976
  AVERAGE ALL 3 AIRLINES > > > 21.92 66.09 7.88 1.15 1,917
* - Virgin Atlantic did not operate LHR-CPT between April 2006 and September 2006

2005
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 South African Airways         10.45 81.19 2.96 0.26 776
2 British Airways         23.72 68.94 6.08 1.28 937
3 Virgin Atlantic *         47.49 40.78 12.62 2.91 103
  AVERAGE ALL 3 AIRLINES > > > 19.40 72.58 5.12 0.94 1,816
* - Virgin Atlantic did not operate LHR-CPT between April 2005 and September 2005

2004
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 South African Airways         10.74 75.68 1.82 0.00 880
2 British Airways         23.69 68.62 6.64 1.80 889
3 Virgin Atlantic *         24.68 61.25 6.25 0.63 160
  AVERAGE ALL 3 AIRLINES > > > 17.86 71.23 4.41 0.88 1,929
* - Virgin Atlantic did not operate LHR-CPT between May 2004 and October 2004

2003
  Operating from London Airports Avg. Delay (mins) OTP Within 15 mins (%) 1 hr+ late (%) 3 hrs+ late (%) Total Flights Analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN
1 South African Airways         15.26 77.09 3.01 0.92 764
2 British Airways         19.21 71.56 4.43 1.52 858
3 Virgin Atlantic *         21.51 64.54 7.80 1.42 141
  AVERAGE ALL 3 AIRLINES > > > 17.68 73.40 4.08 1.25 1,763
* - Virgin Atlantic did not operate LHR-CPT between June 2003 and September 2003

 
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