PASSENGERS at Edinburgh Airport enjoyed record autumn punctuality last year, the Civil Aviation Authority has reported.
A total of 85 per cent of scheduled flights at Scotland’s busiest airport were on time between September and December, one percentage point better than over the same period in 2012.
The figure - which covers both arrivals and departures - is also just one percentage point lower than the airport’s overall best performance of 86 per cent. That mark was most recently achieved between April and June 2013.
The average delay among the 23,000 flights covered was unchanged at nine minutes. Flights are classed as “on time” if they operate up to 15 minutes late.
The CAA figures show charter flight punctuality significantly improved, from 64 per cent to 73 per cent, with average delays more than halved from 33 minutes to 15 minutes - although this was among fewer than 1,000 flights.
Glasgow charter flights 7% better
The punctuality of Glasgow Airport’s 16,000 scheduled flights was unchanged at 84 per cent, with average delays lengthening by one minute to 11 minutes.
The airport’s 1,000 charter flights were seven percentage points more punctual, at 81 per cent, with average delays down by three minutes to 15 minutes.
The Scottish figures compare favourably to most of the London airports over the same period. 75 per cent of scheduled flights were on time at Heathrow, compared to 79 per cent at Gatwick and 82 per cent at Stansted. 87 per cent of flights were on time at London City, which is far less busy than the rest.
CAA group director for regulatory policy Iain Osborne said: “Whilst it is pleasing to see the majority of passengers arrived at their destination in good time at the end of last year, our figures show that too many people still had their flights disrupted by delays.
“We also know there were a number of cancellations during December that will have disrupted other passengers. Some severe weather clearly played a part in this, but there is still room for improvement.”