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Summer 2009 UK Charter Airline Punctuality
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Foreword
Sharp improvement in charter flight punctuality
The summer 2009 charter punctuality season saw something of a reversal in the general trend of increasing charter flight delays over the preceding few years, with a significant improvement in punctuality recorded across UK reporting airports.

While average delays in summer 2008 peaked at over 30 minutes, the average delay in summer 2009 was just 19 minutes, an almost 40% reduction and the best charter flight punctuality at UK airports on record since we began analysing statistics in 2001.

On-time performance reached 75% on average, a 14 percentage point improvement compared with summer 2008 and less than 8% of flights were delayed by over an hour, just over half the proportion affected by long delays during the summer 2008 season. Delays in excess of three hours also reduced by nearly half year-on-year.

Charter flight delays at UK airports during summer 2009 were at their lowest level for eight years, reducing by nearly 40% compared with summer 2008.
Some of the improvement has arisen from new taxi time assumptions built into the data which came into force on 1st January 2009, and in general provided slightly more taxi time allowance at some airports as a result of the latest CAA estimates. While this means summer 2008 data is not directly comparable with summer 2009 data this adjustment cannot have accounted for the entire improvement in timekeeping and the airlines are still to be congratulated for putting on-time performance at the top of the agenda in achieving these results.

Analysis
Thomson Airways secured first position for punctuality during the summer 2009 season for the second consecutive year, demonstrating a significant improvement in timekeeping compared with summer 2008. The airline recorded an average delay of 14 minutes and 80% on-time performance, compared with 24 minutes and 63% respectively for summer 2008.

Thomson was also the most punctual charter carrier at all but two of the eight UK reporting airports analysed during summer 2009.

Only around 1 in 20 Thomson charter flights was delayed by over an hour, a near 50% reduction compared with summer 2008, while only around 1 in 100 Thomson charter flights suffered an extensive delay of three hours or more.

Monarch Airlines followed as runner-up for the season, with a 50% reduction in average delay from 40 minutes in summer 2008 to 20 minutes in summer 2009, and close to 20 percentage points improvement in on-time performance from 54% to 73%. The airline slashed the proportion of flights operating over an hour late from over 16% in summer 2008 to less than 8% in summer 2009, and the proportion of flights suffering extensive delays also fell sharply from over 5% in 2008 to less than 2% in 2009.

At Birmingham, where Monarch was the most punctual charter airline during summer 2009, an average delay of just over 5 minutes and nearly 91% on-time performance was recorded, the best performance seen for any charter airline at an individual airport during the season.

Despite having the second highest on-time performance at 76%, Thomas Cook Airlines finished the season in third position with a close to 40% reduction in average delay from 35 minutes in summer 2008 to 21 minutes in summer 2009. A much higher proportion of delays in excess of 1 hour compared with the average for all charter flights during the season, at 1 in 10 flights, adversely affected the average delay for Thomas Cook charter flights.

Viking Airlines, a relative newcomer to the UK charter market in summer 2009, demonstrated the poorest punctuality during the summer 2009 season, with their average charter flight delayed by nearly 40 minutes, around double the average for all charter flights during the period. Less than half of all Viking flights operated on time and a high proportion, 1 in 6 flights, was delayed by over an hour - twice as many as the UK charter average.

Summer 2009 UK Charter Airline Punctuality
The following table shows punctuality and average delay data for charter airlines operating at UK reporting airports during the summer 2009 season over the period 1st April 2009 to 31st October 2009 inclusive.
 Also available as a downloadable PDF document
Data Methodology Charter Airline Punctuality at UK Airports
Summer 2009
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Users should take note of our Data Methodology, which details the method by which the data is both gathered and analysed.

S09 Rank Airline Average Delay
(mins)
OTP *
(%)
1 hour+ late
(%)
3 hours+ late
(%)
Total Flights
analysed
Change in Average Delay YoY
(%)
Apr-Oct
2009
Apr-Oct
2008
Apr-Oct
2009
Apr-Oct
2008
Apr-Oct
2009
Apr-Oct
2008
Apr-Oct
2009
Apr-Oct
2008
Apr-Oct
2009
Apr-Oct
2008
1 Thomson Airways 14.10 24.48 79.92 63.23 5.13 9.78 1.07 1.93 28,671 34,166 -42.39%
2 Monarch Airlines 19.91 39.83 72.87 54.44 7.67 16.13 1.84 5.13 6,469 7,109 -50.00%
3 Thomas Cook Airlines 21.28 35.11 76.47 60.68 10.16 16.78 2.42 4.24 22,240 22,374 -39.38%
4 Viking Airlines 38.76 - 49.36 - 16.45 - 3.17 - 2,431 - -
Average (Above 4 Airlines) 18.40 29.93 76.63 61.35 7.74 12.95 1.74 3.10 59,811 63,649 -38.51%
Average (All Charter Flights) 19.08 30.49 74.70 60.52 7.95 13.23 1.68 3.11 68,239 80,860 -37.41%
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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 2009 season):

Monarch Airlines: London Stansted (3); Glasgow (2)
Thomas Cook Airlines: London Luton (14)
Viking Airlines: Edinburgh (3); Glasgow (2); Newcastle (7); London Stansted (3)

** - 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
Monarch Airlines Monarch Airlines
Thomas Cook Airlines Thomas Cook Airlines
Thomson Airways Thomson Airways
Viking Airlines Viking Airlines
  
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

 
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