Leeds Bradford Airport: 28% of total flights were delayed according to Civil Aviation Authority figures
Statistics released by the Civil Aviation Authority show that 536 flights – around 28% of the total number – leaving the LBA in April 2022 have been delayed this year, with five more canceled in total.
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Analysis of the data by National World shows that in April flight punctuality fell to its lowest level so far this year at the vast majority of major UK airports.
Southampton Airport fared the worst for cancellations in April, with 4% of canceled flights.
Only flights canceled in the short term are counted in the statistics. Canceled flights are defined as those canceled within 24 hours of the scheduled departure time.
When it comes to delays and cancellations, Birmingham Airport was the worst, with just 59% of flights arriving and departing on time in April.
Next come Manchester Airport, with an punctuality rate of 59%, and Doncaster Sheffield Airport, at 60%.
East Midlands International Airport had the best on-time record, with 84% of flights arriving or departing on time, followed by Exeter at 81% and London City at 78%.
Authorities count a flight as delayed if it is more than 15 minutes late.
Many people wished to resume overseas travel after years of lockdowns and restrictions, but the number of travelers remained well below pre-pandemic levels that month, figures show.
Aviation experts say it is the lack of trained and vetted staff, both at airports and airlines, that is causing the problems.
On Tuesday June 21, the government presented plans to prevent last-minute flight cancellations during the summer peak.
The regulations will allow a one-off ‘amnesty’ on airport slot rules, allowing airlines to offer a more realistic summer schedule based on their workforce. The Department for Transport said this was provided on an exceptional basis while the aviation industry recruits the necessary workers.
Flight slots are used to manage the capacity of the busiest airports, giving an airline permission to use an airport’s runway, terminal and gates at a specific date and time.
Airlines must use slots a certain number of times each season in order to retain them. However, many parts of the industry have been unable to recruit enough staff in time to carry out the number of flights planned, leading to flight cancellations at short notice.
Subject to Parliament’s approval, the government will now give airlines a short window to temporarily return slots for the rest of the summer season that they are not confident they can operate. Ministers said it would help passengers find alternative arrangements in advance, rather than dealing with the kind of last-minute cancellations seen over the Easter and mid-term holidays.
Aviation Minister Robert Courts said: “This is an extremely difficult time for our recovering aviation industry, but we cannot have a situation where passengers arrive at the airport just to see their canceled flight or face long delays.”
Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority, said: “Providing passengers with certainty this summer is vital and this intervention will help relieve the pressures we are seeing on the aviation industry and its customers. Short-term measures are welcome, but a continued focus on unforeseen and unavoidable operational challenges is crucial for consumer confidence this summer. »
Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, said: “This is a welcome step which will help build resilience in operations this summer, adding to the measures already taken by the industry. We will continue to work with Ministers and the entire aviation ecosystem to ensure the summer peak runs as smoothly as possible for our passengers.”