UK flights showed improved punctuality in the first quarter of the year when compared with levels seen in 2008, it has been revealed.
Figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show that on-time performance for all flights to and from ten monitored UK airports was 81 percent for the January to March period.
This reflects the number of flights which were either early or up to 15 minutes late, and compares favourably with the 70 percent figure recorded for the year previously.
Heathrow and London City airports improved their performance by the greatest margins, with the average delay at the former decreasing by half to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, passengers travelling from UK airports to Rotterdam are among the least likely to arrive or depart late thanks to the route’s on-time performance rating of 91 percent, while those travelling to Luxembourg are subjected to an average delay of just five minutes.
New guidelines were recently published by the CAA on what holidaymakers are permitted to bring with them onboard a flight.
The move forms part of an effort by the authority to improve flight safety.