Punctuality of flights arriving and departing from airports in Germany has improved “significantly” at the beginning of the summer holidays in Germany compared to last year, the association of German airports (ADV) announced on Tuesday. “It is pleasing to note that at all locations, whether large or small, whether hub or decentralized airport, we are seeing a significant reduction in flight cancellations and improved punctuality,” said Ralph Beisel, managing director of German airport association ADV. However, the German airport association ADV did not provide specific numbers for the improvement in punctuality and the decreased number of flight cancellations but referred to “structured feedback from airports on punctuality development”. The improved punctuality would have been due to, amongst other things, an increase in staff at the airports, larger areas for security checks as well as an “intensified cooperation” in the organization of … [Read more...] about Punctuality of flights at German airports improved significantly
Flight statistics delay
The worst and best major airlines for UK flight delays have been revealed in an investigation by the civil aviation regulator. Data shows Spanish airline Vueling Airlines has the worst punctuality of all major airlines flying from UK airports, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Following in at second place is Thomas Cook airlines, with Wizz Air coming in third. In an analysis of figures from 2018 by the Press Association, Spanish carrier Vueling's departures from the UK were found on average to be 31 minutes late. Thomas Cook flights had an average delay of 24 minutes; and Whizz Air 23. On the contrary, Cathay Pacific Airways came up top as the most punctual airline, with aircraft typically taking off just eight minutes behind schedule. The study ranked statistics from 43 airlines, which each had more than 2,000 flights from UK airports last year, resulting in an average delay across all flights of 16 minutes. Read more of today's top stories A spokesman for Vueling, … [Read more...] about The worst major airlines for UK flight delays revealed
An investigation has revealed that London Stansted was the worst UK airport for flight delays last year. According to the analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data, departures from the airport were an average of 25 minutes late in 2018. As the fourth busiest airport in the UK, London Stansted is a hub for a number of low-cost eastern European airlines as well as being the largest base for Ryanair. The rankings included every scheduled and chartered flight from 24 major airports across the UK. Cancelled flights are not included in this data. According to the statistics, Birmingham and London Luton recorded the joint second worst punctuality performance, with aircraft typically taking off 19 minutes behind schedule. Across all airports included in the analysis, there was an average delay of 16 minutes in 2018. Belfast City (George Best) recorded the best performance with a figure of just eight minutes. Rory Boland, editor of consumer magazine Which? Travel, said: "It's completely … [Read more...] about Stansted named as the worst airport in UK for flight delays
Flight delays have increased in the last few years, according to new statistics. The number of delays and cancellations for flights departing UK airports has risen by 72 per cent since 2015, affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers, flight delay compensation law firm, Bott and Co found. The year 2018 was the most turbulent, with 33 per cent of flights cancelled or delayed over three hours compared to the previous year, when only 1.31 per cent of flights were affected. Reasons for some of the turbulence last year included cabin crew strikes, reoccurring drone chaos, tightly packed flight schedules and uncertainty over the looming Brexit fiasco, which has continued into 2019. So what should plane passengers do if they find their airline has delayed their flight? What many travellers don’t realise is that they often have more rights than they think. It’s worth taking action to make sure you receive what’s owed you rather than waiting to see what happens. Coby … [Read more...] about Flights: What should you do if your plane is delayed? Are you owed compensation?
With delays having increased significantly across Europe in recent years, the EU's network controller, Eurocontrol, reckons that they cost the region's economy €17.6bn in 2018. Last year was the busiest ever for flights in Europe, but 26pc of all those flights were delayed. Delays soared 279pc between 2013 and 2018, while the number of flights jumped 14pc in the period. "Last year, 334 million passengers in Europe had their flights delayed by more than 15 minutes and 23 million had their flights cancelled," said Eurocontrol director general Eamonn Brennan in Madrid last week. He was addressing journalists at the annual World ATM Congress, a get-together for the air-traffic-management industry that draws aerospace companies such as Boeing and Thales, as well as air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and other stakeholders. "It's exposing the airline industry to huge compensation as part of EU261," he added. The EU's 261 rule ensures passengers are entitled to sometimes quite … [Read more...] about Europe’s flight delays cost €100 a minute