Data on flight statistics compared by a US charter airline has revealed easyJet and British Airways are the two tardiest European carriers. Researchers working for Stratos Jet Charters discovered that nearly 7,000 easyJet flights were delayed in one month and more than 4,000 BA ones in the same period.
The study delved into statistics provided by Flightstats.com and analysed the performances of 40 European airlines. BA and easyJet are two of the continent’s busy carriers. One airline that was not included in the published results was another major low-cost carrier, Dublin-based Ryanair.
Stratos collated the data for the month from 25 October to 25 November 2015. German carrier Lufthansa was third in the table with 4,000 tardy departures. Turkish Airlines and Air France were fourth and fifth with 3,450 and 3,350 delays respectively.
A spokesperson for easyJet said more than 80 per cent of its flights operated within their scheduled time slots. He noted that easyJet operated 40,000-plus flights in the time frame and this was far more than any other carrier. He finished off by saying that with more flights there was bound to be a corresponding increase in the number of delays and the findings did not give an accurate picture of this.
A BA representative also dismissed the survey results and said the airline had flown 25,000 scheduled flights during October. She said that the bulk of the delays were down to air traffic control issues and flights were not classified as late unless they took off 15 minutes later than scheduled.