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Record punctuality performance for UK charter flights
The summer 2012 charter airline season boasted the shortest average delays for charter flights at UK reporting airports seen in over 10 years. The average charter flight operated 18 minutes late during the season, an improvement of over 10% compared with summer 2011 and over 40% compared with summer 2008, when average delays peaked at over 30 minutes.

On-time performance was 77% on average, three percentage points better than in summer 2011 and only 7% of flights were delayed by over an hour, compared with 8% the previous summer.

In a repeat of the monthly delay pattern seen in summer 2011, the month of September had the longest charter flight delays in 2012, while April saw the best overall timekeeping.

Charter flight delays at UK airports during the summer 2012 season were the lowest recorded in over a decade.
The overall improvement in punctuality performance for the season was driven by a significant reduction in delays by the largest UK charter airline, Thomson Airways, while delays regrettably increased for Thomas Cook Airlines and Monarch Airlines charter flights compared with summer 2011.

Thomson Airways enjoyed a fifth consecutive summer season at the top of the charter punctuality league table, with an average delay of just 11 minutes and on-time performance of 82% achieved, the most punctual timekeeping seen during any recent charter season by both measures.

Thomson Airways was also the most punctual charter carrier at all eight UK reporting airports analysed during summer 2012, the first time a charter airline has achieved a clean sweep across the UK in a summer season since we began analysing records.

Significantly, only 1 in 27 Thomson charter flights was delayed by over an hour during the season (3.73%), around half the charter average and a better performance than that recorded for all scheduled flights during the same period (4.10%).

Similarly, extensive delays of three hours or more were down significantly for the airline with only 1 in 170 Thomson charter flights affected in summer 2012, compared with 1 in 60 the previous summer.

Thomas Cook Airlines followed as runner-up for the season, suffering a 32% increase in their average delay from around 20 minutes in summer 2011 to 26 minutes in summer 2012. Punctuality declined in all categories for the airline, but most significantly in the proportion of flights delayed by over 1 hour and over 3 hours, which were the highest for any airline during the season at 11.7% (1 in 9 flights) and 3.2% (1 in 31 flights) respectively.

Monarch Airlines finished the season in third position, reversing their summer 2011 improvement and returning to summer 2010 punctuality levels with an average delay of over 28 minutes and 65% on-time performance.

Summer 2012 UK Charter Airline Punctuality
The following table shows punctuality and average delay data for charter airlines operating at UK reporting airports during the summer 2012 season over the period 1st April 2012 to 31st October 2012 inclusive.
 Also available as a downloadable PDF document
Charter Airline Punctuality at UK Airports
Summer 2012

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

S12 Rank Airline Average Delay
1 hour+ late
3 hours+ late
Total Flights
Change in Average Delay YoY
1 Thomson Airways 11.25 17.33 82.16 77.05 3.73 6.87 0.59 1.65 28,326 28,401 -35.10%
2 Thomas Cook Airlines 26.06 19.75 72.92 75.56 11.70 8.81 3.24 1.90 18,757 21,215 +31.90%
3 Monarch Airlines 28.25 21.97 65.11 70.54 10.38 8.11 2.84 1.97 2,081 5,968 +28.58%
Average (Above 3 Airlines) 17.62 18.61 77.91 76.02 7.05 7.73 1.70 1.77 49,164 53,218 -5.34%
Average (All Charter Flights) 18.03 20.22 76.92 74.28 7.16 8.28 1.70 1.94 54,754 60,167 -10.80%
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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 2012 season):

Monarch Airlines: Glasgow (16), Newcastle (14), London Stansted (7); Edinburgh (4)

** - 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 2012 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
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