Punctuality analysts create league table of timely airlines
In a list created by the website flightontime.info, which provides detailed analysis of airline delays at 10 major UK airports, SAS was the sixth most punctual airline in the UK in 2010, with an average delay of precisely 10.1 minutes and 81.8% of its arrivals and departures leaving within 15 minutes. For bmi Regional, which topped the table, average delay was 7.1 minutes, while 89.7% of its flights left within 15 minutes. The arrival and departure times in the table were recorded by the UK‘s Civil Aviation Authority.
KLM, including Cityhopper, did well in the 2010 list with figures of 9.3 minutes and 84.7%, Loganair came seventh with 10.2 minutes and 86.4% and Air Berlin ninth with 11.7 minutes and 79.1%. British Airways showed an average delay time of 15.1 minutes and only 74% of its flights arrived and departed within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. It placed 20th. Virgin Atlantic fared even worse, coming 33rd with figures of 26.2 minutes and 61.8%.
In the summer 2010 punctuality league table for charter airlines, meanwhile, Thomson Airways scored best with an average delay of 22.4 minutes, beating Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines and Viking Airlines.
[pictured: SAS economy extra]