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Newcastle earns top ratings for punctuality of scheduled and charter flights

Newcastle International Airport has achieved top punctuality ratings for scheduled and charter flights

Newcastle International Airport has achieved top punctuality ratings for scheduled and charter flights according to new figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

In the period between July and September this year, 78 per cent of all timetabled arrivals and departures at the airport operated to schedule, a figure that’s eight per cent higher than the national average.

Commenting on the figures, Dave Laws, chief executive of Newcastle International Airport, said they were "excellent news" for the airport, its partners and its passengers.

"It is testament to the considerable efforts and team-working of colleagues across the business that we are continuing to outperform our competitors in respect of the punctuality of our scheduled flights," he said.

The figures also showed that, when delays occurred, the average waiting time was less for both scheduled and charter flights that at other airports which took part in the survey.

Newcastle was the UK’s sixth-busiest airport in 2006, handling in the region of 5.6 million passengers.

It was also voted the north’s favourite airport in a recent survey by Wanderlust.

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