Britannia Airways, the world`s leading holiday airline, has been recognised as the most punctual of the leading charter airlines (those operating more than 5000 flights a season) for the third consecutive year by the Air Transport Users` Council (AUC).
The AUC`s annual delay league tables were published this morning, based upon Civil Aviation Authority records of flights delayed at Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted.
Britannia`s average delay in minutes has improved from 29.6 minutes last year to 27.4 minutes this year and the proportion of flights more than one hour late reduced from 12.2% last year to 11.2% this year.
“Every member of the Britannia team knows how important it is for our passengers to be able to start their holidays on time” Kevin Hatton, Britannia`s Managing Director said. “The AUC recognises that about half of all delays to flights in Europe are caused by Air Traffic Control. Despite this and the challenges of the terrorist attacks in the USA last September and the Balearics coach drivers strike we have been determined, and successful, in maintaining our excellent record of punctuality.”