Figures just issued by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority show that passengers flying out of any London airport have a 30 per cent chance of being delayed. The statistics for the big five London Airports show that on average holidaymaker flights last summer were delayed by 31 per cent.
This was eight per cent higher than the median for other UK airports for the peak July to September holiday season in 2015. Gatwick Airport was the worst culprit with the CAA figures showing that 43 per cent of its flights took off 15 minutes, or more, after their scheduled departure times.
Luton Airport came in second on the table with 32 per cent of its departures behind schedule. Jersey was third with 30 per cent and was closely followed by the busy Heathrow Airport with 29 per cent.
Stansted Airport came in 10th with a mere 23 per cent of its flights leaving late. London City was 19th with 18 per cent and probably helped London Airports as a whole to look more efficient than they actually were.
The data shows that UK airports dealt with 78 million departing passengers in the summer of 2015 and this was four million more than the corresponding period for 2014. CAA policy director Tim Johnson stated that percentagewise flight departure punctuality in the summer of 2015 was the worst since 2010.
Mr Johnson said this tardiness would have been annoying for holidaymakers and was something that airports, airlines and air-traffic control needed to sort out. He noted that the figures show Southeast England’s runway capacity is already at breaking point.