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Aer Lingus and Monarch lead April 2016 OTP league


4 Jan 2017
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Important Note: Source data for April 2016 was re-issued by the CAA in mid December 2016, following some changes to their analysis methodology (see here for details).

The analysis on this page relates to the new dataset and therefore supersedes the April 2016 analysis originally published on 9 September 2016, which has been removed.

Aer Lingus flights returned to the top of the OTP league table at UK Reporting Airports for April 2016 recording 86.8% OTP, with Monarch climbing 10 places since March to take runner-up position with 84.9% OTP.

Aer Lingus Regional were in third place with 84.1% OTP, with Jet2 flights also recording a significant improvement jumping seven places since March to finish fourth with 83.7% OTP. bmi regional timekeeping made a rare fall to last place for the month with 74.8% OTP, though they retained the rolling year to date punctuality lead.

Overall OTP
  Apr 2016Rolling Year to 30 Apr 2016
 OTPMonth Chg.vs. 3-yr
Apr Avg.
OTPMonth Chg.vs. 3-yr
Scheduled Flights79.4%+2.5ppt-1.5ppt76.3%+0.1ppt-1.7ppt

Overall scheduled flight OTP was 79.4% in April 2016, a 2.5 percentage point improvement compared with the previous month and slightly below the historical 3-year average for April.

OTP for the rolling year to 30 April 2016 was 76.3%, a slight improvement compared with the rolling year to 31 March but still 1.7 percentage points below the 3-year average level.

Latest Month: April 2016
RankChg. AirlineOTPVersus UK
1Up 1Aer Lingus86.8%+7.4ppt
2Up 10Monarch Airlines84.9%+5.5ppt
3Up 1Aer Lingus Regional84.1%+4.7ppt
4Up 7Jet283.7%+4.3ppt
5Up 4BA CityFlyer83.7%+4.3ppt
6Up 2British Airways81.9%+2.5ppt
7Down 1Ryanair81.5%+2.1ppt
8Down 5flybe81.4%+2.0ppt
9Up 5Thomas Cook Airlines79.8%+0.4ppt
10Down 5Eastern Airways78.0%-1.4ppt
11Down 1Virgin Atlantic76.9%-2.5ppt
12Up 1easyJet75.6%-3.8ppt
13Up 2Thomson Airways75.5%-3.9ppt
14Down 7Loganair75.4%-4.0ppt
15Down 14bmi regional74.8%-4.6ppt
Aer Lingus regained the OTP lead among UK & Ireland scheduled carriers at UK Reporting Airports during April 2016 recording 86.8% on-time performance, nearly seven percentage points above the national average level for the month.

Monarch Airlines followed in second place, achieving a significant improvement climbing 10 positions in the league table since March with 84.9% OTP recorded. Aer Lingus Regional flights finished third, with 84.1% OTP.

Significant improvements were seen for two other carriers in April 2016; Jet2 jumping seven places to achieve 4th place with 83.7% OTP and Thomas Cook gaining five places in the league table to finish in 9th place overall with 79.8% OTP, close to the national average level and an eight percentage point improvement month-on-month.

bmi regional flights made a rare fall to the bottom of the OTP league table during April 2016 with 74.8% OTP, the worst monthly OTP level recorded for the carrier since we began analysing their monthly OTP levels in January 2013. Loganair flights followed close to last place with 75.4% OTP.

flybe flights also saw a punctuality fall for April 2016, dropping five places to finish 8th with 81.4% OTP (from 83.7% in March 2016).

Despite a significant improvement, Thomson Airways flights still finished in 13th place for April with 75.5% OTP - up from 62.1% OTP in March but still four percentage points below the UK average.

For the rolling year to 30 April 2016 bmi regional flights remained in first position with 83.3% on-time performance.

When comparing with the rolling year to 31 March 2016, Aer Lingus and their regional affiliate swapped positions between fourth and fifth place, while Thomas Cook moved ahead of Loganair to take 12th place with latest 12-month OTP levels of 74.4% for both carriers.

Thomson Airways and easyJet flights had the poorest OTP levels for the 12 month period, recording around 69% and 71% on-time performance respectively, at least five percentage points worse than the UK average.
Rolling Year to 30 April 2016
RankChg. AirlineOTPVersus UK
1No Changebmi regional83.3%+7.0ppt
2No Changeflybe82.0%+5.7ppt
3No ChangeBA CityFlyer81.7%+5.4ppt
4Up 1Aer Lingus81.2%+4.9ppt
5Down 1Aer Lingus Regional80.7%+4.4ppt
6No ChangeRyanair80.1%+3.8ppt
7No ChangeEastern Airways79.6%+3.3ppt
8No ChangeMonarch Airlines78.7%+2.4ppt
9No ChangeVirgin Atlantic78.0%+1.7ppt
10No ChangeJet277.3%+1.0ppt
11No ChangeBritish Airways75.0%-1.3ppt
12Up 1Thomas Cook Airlines74.4%-1.9ppt
13Down 1Loganair74.4%-1.9ppt
14No ChangeeasyJet70.7%-5.6ppt
15No ChangeThomson Airways68.9%-7.4ppt
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