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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 airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN SEN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 Thomas Cook Airlines                             15.94 58.57 2.86 0.00 70
2 British Airways                           25.98 74.94 5.19 1.81 443
  ROUTE AVERAGE 24.61 72.71 4.87 1.56 513

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 Thomas Cook Airlines                               18.00 35.71 0.00 0.00 14
2 British Airways       18.36 80.04 4.05 1.32 1,062
  ROUTE AVERAGE 18.35 79.46 4.00 1.30 1,076

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 Virgin Atlantic Airways                         3.68 93.07 0.99 0.00 202
2 British Airways         11.29 79.92 2.95 0.25 1,220
  ROUTE AVERAGE 10.21 81.79 2.67 0.21 1,422

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 Virgin Atlantic Airways                   7.49 86.33 2.67 0.33 300
2 British Airways         13.31 79.72 3.86 0.59 1,193
  ROUTE AVERAGE 12.14 81.04 3.62 0.54 1,493

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 Virgin Atlantic Airways                   5.78 87.24 1.19 0.00 337
2 British Airways         23.88 71.62 5.79 1.83 1,036
  ROUTE AVERAGE 19.43 75.46 4.66 1.38 1,373

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 South African Airways                 5.98 92.94 1.70 0.24 411
2 Virgin Atlantic Airways                 9.77 85.12 2.98 0.89 336
3 British Airways         19.60 66.47 4.90 0.98 1,020
  ROUTE AVERAGE 14.57 76.17 3.79 0.79 1,767

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 South African Airways         11.31 88.42 2.40 0.99 708
2 Virgin Atlantic Airways                 12.07 85.53 3.29 0.99 304
3 British Airways         19.76 72.17 5.21 1.10 999
  ROUTE AVERAGE 15.62 79.91 3.93 1.04 2,011

Operating airports Operating months Average
delay
(mins)
Operated
within 15
mins (%)
Over
1 hour
late (%)
Over
3 hours
late (%)
Total
flights
analysed
Rank Airline LHR LGW LCY STN LTN J F M A M J J A S O N D
1 South African Airways         9.31 83.93 3.60 0.45 666
2 Virgin Atlantic Airways                   15.18 80.15 3.75 1.12 267
3 British Airways         18.07 68.96 5.00 1.04 960
  ROUTE AVERAGE 14.58 75.81 4.33 0.85 1,893

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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