21 Dec 2012

Newcastle Airport named most punctual by CAA

DATE: 21-12-12

Data from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) released show that during July to September 2012, the overall on-time performance of scheduled flights at Newcastle Airport was 84%, the highest among regional airports monitored. 

The figures show scheduled flights at the ten UK airports monitored was 80%, an increase of one percentage point compared with the third quarter of 2011. On-time performance is defined in this data as the proportion of flights arriving or departing early or up to 15 minutes late. 

The average delay across all scheduled flights was 12 minutes, the same as in the third quarter of 2011. Newcastle’s average delay was recorded at 10 minutes.  

Dave Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “To be highlighted as best performing regional airport in these punctuality stats by the CAA is fantastic end to a very successful year here at Newcastle. 

“As well as announcing new destinations, this year we also officially opened our £3.2 million terminal development, welcomed a 50% increase on our Emirates service to Dubai with the 428-seat Boeing 777 and were awarded the title of ‘best UK airport under six million passengers’ for the fourth year running by the Airport Operators Association (AOA). 

“To achieve this new accolade is a testament to the hard work of our operations team, airlines and business partners who all work together to provide a seamless service for our passengers.” 

Compared with the same period in 2011, on-time performance increased by one percentage point at Newcastle. 

The CAA statistics on punctuality of passenger flights at ‘London Airports’: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and London City, and ‘Regional airports’: Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow cover both arrivals and departures.