London’s airports lag behind - Heathrow,London City Airport News

Airport news for Heathrow,London City on 21/04/2008.

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Even before the opening of Terminal 5, London’s Heathrow Airport was tied with London City Airport as the least improved in terms of flight punctuality. Statistics from the last quarter of 2007 show that the two airports lag behind others in the country in these two key areas.

At Heathrow, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says that the proportion of flights leaving within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure times decreased by one per cent which at London City, numbers dropped by 10 per cent.

The CAA included ten airports in their study and found that only 69 per cent of flights at those airports was leaving on time. Although the numbers seem low, they indicate a one per cent improvement over last year.

Unlike Heathrow and London City, other airports were able to improve their on-time performance. Stansted, Luton and Gatwick improved their punctuality percentages, as did Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle.

“Heathrow's two runways are currently operating at 99 percent of their permitted capacity and this is leading to unnecessary delays for passengers,'' Clive Soley, campaign director of Future Heathrow, which supports the airport's expansion, said. “These figures show that additional capacity at Heathrow is needed now.”

Together with Future Heathrow, BAA and British Airways are lobbying for a third runway at Heathrow to increase the number of flights which can land at the airport. The question remains, however: will the extra flights land on time, or will Heathrow continue to lag behind?

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