NEWCASTLE International Airport is flying high with a big improvement in punctuality. Passengers in the region will be delighted to find that Newcastle Airport had the highest percentage of flights arriving early or a maximum of 15 minutes late according to figures released yesterday by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Ten airports throughout the country were monitored and, from April-June, Newcastle achieved 86% for scheduled flights, their highest figure in recent years. Chartered flights closely followed with 79%.
Newcastle International Airport's operations director, Will Dougherty, said: “This is excellent news for the airport, our airline partners and, of course, our passengers. Making sure aircraft arrive and depart on time requires a real team effort.
“It is testimony to the hard work of colleagues right across the business that we are continuing to outperform the vast majority of other airports in respect of flight punctuality. I also hope it gives extra confidence to our customers, who can rely on a speedy and efficient service from their local airport.”
The figures also show that the average delay across all charter flights monitored fell from 32 minutes in the second quarter of 2008 to 19 minutes in the second quarter of 2009. At Newcastle, the average delay of all flights was only eight minutes for scheduled flights and 15 minutes for chartered flights, showing the airport as one of the front-runners in the country.
They also topped the tables coming first out of the top 75 destinations in the World for the percentage of flights arriving or departing early or a maximum of 15 minutes late. Newcastle achieved an average of 90.9% of 2,279 scheduled flights with an average delay of just 5.3 minutes, a great sign for jet setters in the region.
Despite a tough year for the economy, Newcastle International has had a promising year with several new routes added to their extensive list of destinations.
Thomas Cook added three destinations to its Newcastle portfolio this summer; Cimber Air delivered further good news for passengers by reinstating daily flights to Copenhagen; easyJet began new flights to Malta; and Jet2.com launched new routes to Sharm el Sheikh, Ibiza and Split.
Jet2.com also launched a new budget service allowing the option of jetting out to Africa. The low-cost carrier announced new routes from Newcastle International Airport to Monastir in Tunisia, as well as services to Turkey, Gran Canaria, Cyprus, Greece and Egypt.
Extra weekly flights to Tenerife and Lanzarote were also added.
This is excellent news for the airport and our passengers. Making sure aircraft arrive and depart on time requires a real team effort