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UK airports increase number of on-time departures

Heathrow Airport recorded a 13 percent increase in flight punctuality between October and December 2008

Heathrow Airport recorded a 13 percent increase in flight punctuality between October and December 2008, figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have revealed.

The UK’s largest airport saw its scheduled on-time performance increase by 13 percentage points in the last quarter of 2008 compared with the same period in 2007.

According to the CAA’s survey, every airport that was covered increased its percentage of flights departing on time.

Commenting on the figures, a CAA statement said: "Between October and December 2008, the overall on-time performance (defined as early to 15 minutes late) of scheduled flights at the ten UK airports monitored increased by eight percentage points compared with the same period in 2007 to 77 percent."

It was also revealed that the number of on-time charter flights increased by two percentage points to 68 percent, which compares with last year’s figure of 66 percent.

Edinburgh Airport was unveiled as the UK’s best-performing airport in terms of on-time departures, with 83 percent of flights leaving to schedule.

Separate figures from the CAA revealed earlier this month that the number of flights taken to visit friends or relatives abroad increased by more than three-quarters between 2000 and 2007.

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