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Aer Lingus maintain the OTP lead at UK airports for

March 2017

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Aer Lingus flights held top position in our monthly OTP league table for March 2017 at UK Airports recording 87.4% OTP, the fifth consecutive month at the top of the league table for the airline. Aer Lingus Regional were in second place achieving 85.5% OTP.

British Airways flights made a sharp improvement to achieve third position for the month with 83.7% OTP, along with Eastern Airways flights gaining six places in the league table since February to finish fourth with 81.8% OTP.

Thomas Cook Airlines fell to last place recording 70.7% OTP, the same as for bmi regional flights, with Thomson Airways and easyJet not far ahead both recording 72.7% OTP in March 2017.

Overall OTP
  Mar 2017 Rolling Year to 31 Mar 2017
  OTP Month Chg. vs. 3-yr
Mar Avg.
OTP Month Chg. vs. 3-yr
Scheduled Flights 78.9% +2.2ppt -1.9ppt 73.0% +0.2ppt -5.1ppt

There was an improvement in scheduled flight on-time performance at UK Airports between February 2017 and March 2017, with overall OTP increasing by 2.2 percentage points to 78.9%, still slightly below the 3-year average March OTP of 80.8%.

OTP for the rolling year to 31 March 2017 was 73.0%, similar to the rolling year to 28 February but 5.1 percentage points below the 3-year average OTP level.

Latest Month: March 2017
Rank Chg. Airline OTP Versus UK
1 No Change Aer Lingus 87.4% +8.5ppt
2 Up 3 Aer Lingus Regional 85.5% +6.6ppt
3 Up 3 British Airways 83.7% +4.8ppt
4 Up 6 Eastern Airways 81.8% +2.9ppt
5 Down 3 flybe 81.7% +2.8ppt
6 Down 3 Loganair 81.5% +2.6ppt
7 Down 3 Virgin Atlantic 80.9% +2.0ppt
8 No Change Ryanair 80.4% +1.5ppt
9 No Change BA CityFlyer 78.8% -0.1ppt
10 Down 3 Jet2 78.0% -0.9ppt
11 No Change Monarch Airlines 75.8% -3.1ppt
12 Up 1 easyJet 72.7% -6.2ppt
13 Up 2 Thomson Airways 72.7% -6.2ppt
14 Down 2 bmi regional 70.7% -8.2ppt
15 Down 1 Thomas Cook Airlines 70.7% -8.2ppt
Aer Lingus retained a clear lead in our OTP league table among UK & Ireland scheduled carriers at UK airports during March 2017, recording 87.4% on-time performance, over eight percentage points above the national average level for the month.

Aer Lingus Regional were in second place with 85.5% OTP, with British Airways climbing three places since February 2017 to secure third place with 83.7% OTP, and Eastern Airways climbing six places to finish fourth with 81.8%.

flybe, Loganair and Virgin Atlantic each dropped three places in the league table month-on-month despite achieving better-than-average punctuality in March.

At the bottom of the league table for the month were flights operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and bmi regional, which achieved just 70.7% OTP, followed by Thomson Airways and easyJet both with 72.7% OTP.

For the rolling 12 months ending 31 March 2017, Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional retained top positions in the league table with OTP rates of 82.0% and 80.5% respectively, both well ahead of the UK average scheduled OTP level of 73.0% for the same period.

Loganair were in third position for the period, with 80.0% OTP, followed by flybe in fourth with 79.1% OTP.

Changes for the 12-month period compared with the year to February 2017 saw British Airways take 7th position from Ryanair, and both Monarch Airlines and Jet2 each climb one place into 10th and 11th places respectively, ahead of bmi regional.

easyJet and Thomson Airways flights had the poorest OTP levels for the 12-month period, recording around 65% and 69% on-time performance respectively, at least four percentage points worse than the UK average.
Rolling Year to 31 March 2017
Rank Chg. Airline OTP Versus UK
1 No Change Aer Lingus 82.0% +9.0ppt
2 No Change Aer Lingus Regional 80.5% +7.5ppt
3 No Change Loganair 80.0% +7.0ppt
4 No Change flybe 79.1% +6.1ppt
5 No Change Virgin Atlantic 78.1% +5.1ppt
6 No Change BA CityFlyer 75.2% +2.2ppt
7 Up 1 British Airways 74.7% +1.7ppt
8 Down 1 Ryanair 74.5% +1.5ppt
9 No Change Eastern Airways 74.0% +1.0ppt
10 Up 1 Monarch Airlines 73.0% 0.0ppt
11 Up 1 Jet2 72.6% -0.4ppt
12 Down 2 bmi regional 71.7% -1.3ppt
13 No Change Thomas Cook Airlines 70.7% -2.3ppt
14 No Change Thomson Airways 68.7% -4.3ppt
15 No Change easyJet 64.8% -8.2ppt
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