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Newcastle Airport flights top UK punctuality list

Air travellers taking off from Newcastle International Airport are the most likely in the UK to leave on time, according to the latest industry figures.

Scheduled flights at the largest airport in north-eastern England outperformed the UK overall average for punctuality, with 82 per cent of services in the first quarter of this year taking off on time.

Dave Laws, Newcastle International Airport’s chief executive, said: “This is excellent news for the airport, its airline partners and, of course, its passengers.”

He added: “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 flights.”

Travellers on charter flights have seen an improvement as well, with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reporting that 85 per cent of all chartered services left on time during the first quarter of this year, as compared with the overall UK average of 68 per cent.

Heathrow Airport, the UK’s largest, showed the most improvement, with 79 per cent of its flights departing on time, as compared with 59 per cent performing on time during the same period last year. The average delay at Heathrow was reduced by half, from 24 minutes to 12. The improvement at London City was from 66 per cent to 84, with the average delay reduced by half, to nine minutes.

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