Scotland airports report reduced delays - Edinburgh,Glasgow Airport News

Airport news for Edinburgh,Glasgow on 16/04/2009.

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The figures were published by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). BAA Scotland, the owner and operator of Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, reported that airline efforts to reduce cost base, such as cutting capacity, were at least part of the reason for the improvements in airport performance.

At Edinburgh airport, the average flight delay decreased by more than 25 per cent, from 14 minutes in the autumn of 2007 to 10 minutes in the October-December 2008 period.

Eighty-three per cent of flights at the airport operated within 15 minutes of their scheduled time – a measure that is called “on time” performance in the industry. This was an improvement of eight per cent over the same period in the previous year.

Glasgow turned in the best performance of the two airports in the period since 2004, with passengers kept waiting only 11 minutes on average – a three minute improvement on the same period in 2007.

Punctuality rose from 77 to 82 per cent.

David Lister, speaking on behalf of BAA Scotland, commented: "This is a great performance which is influenced by our teams and our airline partners' teams. We will endeavour to do everything we can to maintain this performance."

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