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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 2016 Rolling Year to 30 Apr 2016
  OTP Month Chg. vs. 3-yr
Apr Avg.
OTP Month Chg. vs. 3-yr
Scheduled Flights 79.4% +2.5ppt -1.5ppt 76.3% +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
Rank Chg. Airline OTP Versus UK
1 Up 1 Aer Lingus 86.8% +7.4ppt
2 Up 10 Monarch Airlines 84.9% +5.5ppt
3 Up 1 Aer Lingus Regional 84.1% +4.7ppt
4 Up 7 Jet2 83.7% +4.3ppt
5 Up 4 BA CityFlyer 83.7% +4.3ppt
6 Up 2 British Airways 81.9% +2.5ppt
7 Down 1 Ryanair 81.5% +2.1ppt
8 Down 5 flybe 81.4% +2.0ppt
9 Up 5 Thomas Cook Airlines 79.8% +0.4ppt
10 Down 5 Eastern Airways 78.0% -1.4ppt
11 Down 1 Virgin Atlantic 76.9% -2.5ppt
12 Up 1 easyJet 75.6% -3.8ppt
13 Up 2 Thomson Airways 75.5% -3.9ppt
14 Down 7 Loganair 75.4% -4.0ppt
15 Down 14 bmi regional 74.8% -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
Rank Chg. Airline OTP Versus UK
1 No Change bmi regional 83.3% +7.0ppt
2 No Change flybe 82.0% +5.7ppt
3 No Change BA CityFlyer 81.7% +5.4ppt
4 Up 1 Aer Lingus 81.2% +4.9ppt
5 Down 1 Aer Lingus Regional 80.7% +4.4ppt
6 No Change Ryanair 80.1% +3.8ppt
7 No Change Eastern Airways 79.6% +3.3ppt
8 No Change Monarch Airlines 78.7% +2.4ppt
9 No Change Virgin Atlantic 78.0% +1.7ppt
10 No Change Jet2 77.3% +1.0ppt
11 No Change British Airways 75.0% -1.3ppt
12 Up 1 Thomas Cook Airlines 74.4% -1.9ppt
13 Down 1 Loganair 74.4% -1.9ppt
14 No Change easyJet 70.7% -5.6ppt
15 No Change Thomson Airways 68.9% -7.4ppt
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