Summer 2006 UK Charter Airline Punctuality
Update Schedule

This page last updated
18 Jan 2007
Next update to this page due
None Planned

Click here for the full site Update Schedule
In summer 2005, UK charter flight delays were the worst recorded in 4 years, following two consecutive years of declining punctuality for the "Big 8" UK charter airlines overall. Regretfully, the summer 2006 season has seen no change in the situation with the average charter flight delay standing at 26 minutes, less than 70% of charter flights operating "on time" and 1 in 10 services delayed by over an hour.

There have, however, been significant improvements for two airlines, MyTravel Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines, who have both been awarded for their punctuality during the season. In the case of MyTravel in particular, this is the second consecutive summer season of improvement in timekeeping and sees them at the top of the summer charter delay league table for the first time since we began analysing records in 2001. It also follows their accolade as the most punctual UK charter airline during the winter 2005 / 06 season.

MyTravel have set the standard in 2006 against which other airlines will surely have to follow if we are to see improvements in overall charter punctuality during 2007.

MyTravel Airways was the most punctual UK charter airline during summer 2006, according to statistics released by the Civil Aviation Authority and analysed by FlightOnTime.info.

The airline operated over 82% of flights on-time and only 1 in 18 flights were delayed by over an hour, a far better performance than seen for any other UK charter airline analysed over the season.

Frank Pullman, Managing Director of MyTravel Airways UK, told FlightOnTime.info "We are delighted that for the second year running we have achieved the best On Time Performance within 15 minutes for a UK charter airline, results that are better than most scheduled airlines. We are also very pleased that we have improved our punctuality to become best in class. These results give us a platform for an even better performance this year.

"Our performance is the result of very hard work by all in our airline team and our commitment to our customers that we will give them the very best start and finish to their holiday."

The average MyTravel Airways flight operated only 14.7 minutes late during the season, an impressive 39% reduction compared to the summer 2005 performance for the airline, and in recognition of this MyTravel have also been awarded the FlightOnTime.info "Most Improved UK Charter Airline" award for the second consecutive year.

MyTravel punctuality was particularly impressive at London Stansted, Newcastle and Birmingham airports, where in all cases over 90% of flights operated to schedule.

Second place for the summer 2006 season was awarded to Thomas Cook Airlines, who also demonstrated a significant improvement in punctuality cutting their average delay by over a quarter year-on-year.

While on-time performance for the airline stayed broadly the same during summer 2006 at 70%, the airline has achieved the large improvement in average flight delay by significantly reducing longer hold-ups, with a large drop recorded in the proportion of Thomas Cook flights delayed by over an hour and by over three hours respectively.

Thomas Cook punctuality at Birmingham over the season was particularly noteworthy, with the average flight delayed by only 11 minutes and 82% on-time performance.

Summer 2006 UK Charter Airline Punctuality
The following table shows punctuality and average delay data for UK charter airlines during the summer 2006 season over the period 1st April 2006 to 31st October 2006 inclusive.
 Also available as a downloadable PDF document
Data Methodology UK Charter Airline Punctuality
Summer 2006
(246 kb)

Users should take note of our Data Methodology, which details the method by which the data is both gathered and analysed.

S06 Rank Airline Average Delay
1 hour+ late
3 hours+ late
Total Flights
Change in Average Delay YoY
1 MyTravel Airways 14.66 23.84 82.74 77.71 5.49 8.57 1.47 2.94 10,061 10,996 -38.51%
2 Thomas Cook Airlines 21.74 29.24 70.41 69.83 8.89 11.90 1.99 3.64 15,511 15,607 -25.67%
3 First Choice Airways 22.74 16.90 66.70 72.71 8.88 5.87 1.75 1.16 15,937 16,516 +34.57%
4 Thomsonfly 23.90 17.96 73.16 76.65 8.75 6.47 2.64 1.63 19,716 18,224 +33.12%
5 Astraeus 35.47 38.94 57.28 56.75 16.34 16.57 3.99 4.36 2,533 2,890 -8.92%
6 XL Airways 36.53 40.23 63.28 61.62 14.04 14.38 4.48 4.45 11,516 10,881 -9.19%
7 Monarch Airlines 40.86 33.60 57.02 58.20 16.64 13.00 5.13 3.33 7,388 7,648 +21.60%
8 Flyjet 65.66 59.94 58.15 38.85 19.72 30.36 8.95 6.60 994 1,166 +9.54%
Average (Above 8 Airlines) 26.25 26.24 69.13 69.91 10.19 9.94 2.80 2.77 83,656 83,928 +0.05%
Average (All Charter Flights) 26.88 27.69 67.25 67.47 10.60 10.80 2.73 2.86 97,287 98,089 -2.92%
© Copyright www.flightontime.info - analysis of CAA Economic Regulation Group Data

Table Notes

* OTP = On-Time Performance, percentage of flights operating early, on-time or up to 15 minutes late
All charter flight movements (arrivals and departures) were analysed at all 10 UK Reporting Airports** for each airline except where a small number of flights were operated which were excluded from the analysis, as follows (exclusions apply to 2006 season):

MyTravel Airways: London Luton (5)
Astraeus: Glagsgow (6); Edinburgh (4); London Stansted (3); London Luton (2); Newcastle (2); Birmingham (1)
XL Airways: Edinburgh (8)
Flyjet: London Luton (14); London Stansted (6); Birmingham (2)

** - 10 UK Reporting Airports: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester, London Stansted, Newcastle

The menus on the right link to pages showing more detailed punctuality statistics for the summer 2009 season for charter flights at UK reporting airports. Airline data, for example, is available down to reporting airport level.

You can view specific data for several UK charter airlines, or view charter airline delays at airport level, by selecting a page from the appropriate menu to the right.
Detailed Airline Statistics
Astraeus Astraeus
First Choice Airways First Choice Airways
Flyjet Flyjet
Monarch Airlines Monarch Airlines
MyTravel Airways MyTravel Airways
Thomas Cook Airlines Thomas Cook Airlines
Thomsonfly Thomsonfly
XL Airways XL Airways
Detailed Airport Statistics
Birmingham Airport Birmingham
Edinburgh Airport Edinburgh
Glasgow Airport Glasgow
London Gatwick Airport London Gatwick
London Luton Airport London Luton
London Stansted Airport London Stansted
Manchester Airport Manchester
Newcastle Airport Newcastle