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This page shows summary punctuality data and delay statistics for charter flights at UK reporting airports. Data is available for the most recent charter punctuality seasons (Summer from April to October and Winter from November to March), and for previous periods back to 2006.
You can also view detailed data by season, by charter airline, or view charter airline delays at airport level, by selecting a page from the appropriate menu to the right.
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Summer 2013
Apr 2013 - Oct 2013
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 12.8 81.1 4.8 29,084
2nd 20.1 71.1 7.1 1,995
3rd 21.0 78.0 8.7 16,996
CHARTER AVERAGE 16.2 78.4 6.3 55,882
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending
See full season detail: www.flightontime.info/summer2013


Thomson Airways was the most puncutal UK charter airline for the sixth consecutive summer season during summer 2013, maintaining an impressive lead over rival carriers with an average delay of less than 13 minutes and an 81% on-time performance rate.

Monarch Airlines followed in second place for the season with an average delay of 20 minutes and 71% on-time performance, closely followed by Thomas Cook Airlines with an average delay of 21 minutes but a better on-time performance rate of 78%, their average delay being adversely affected by a higher proportion of long delays during the season.
Winter 2013 / 2014
Nov 2013 - Mar 2014
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 14.9 77.2 4.9 8,736
2nd 16.7 77.6 6.8 3,062
3rd 18.9 66.7 6.4 1,754
CHARTER AVERAGE 16.4 74.5 5.8 15,996
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending

Thomson Airways achieved top position for punctuality among UK charter airlines for the third consecutive winter season in 2013 / 14, with an average delay of 14.9 minutes and 77% on-time performance recorded.

Thomas Cook Airlines and Monarch Airlines charter flights followed with average delays of 16.7 minutes and 18.9 minutes respectively, while the season as a whole represented the best timekeeping for a winter period since we began analysing records in 2002 (beating record levels achieved during the previous two winter seasons).

Summer 2012
Apr 2012 - Oct 2012
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 11.3 82.2 3.7 28,326
2nd 26.1 72.9 11.7 18,757
3rd 28.2 65.1 10.4 2,081
CHARTER AVERAGE 18.0 76.9 7.2 54,754
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending
See full season detail: www.flightontime.info/summer2012


Thomson Airways was the most punctual UK charter airline during the summer 2012 season, recording their fifth consecutive summer at the top of the league table, and also the best individual airline performance of any recent charter season with an average delay of only 11.3 minutes and over 82% on-time performance recorded.

A very low 3.7% of Thomson charter flights were delayed by over an hour during the season, a better performance than the scheduled flight average at UK airports for April to October 2012 (4.1%).

Thomas Cook Airlines and Monarch Airlines followed in second and third positions, with average delays of 26 minutes and 28 minutes respectively. Despite Thomas Cook charter flights boasting a lower average delay and higher on-time performance level than Monarch, a slightly lower proportion of Monarch charter flights were delayed by over an hour during the season.
Winter 2012 / 2013
Nov 2012 - Mar 2013
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 17.0 74.1 6.3 8,562
2nd 18.8 74.6 7.5 4,432
3rd 28.7 53.8 13.5 1,408
CHARTER AVERAGE 19.9 70.6 7.9 17,113
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending

Following a record winter season for the shortest charter delays at UK reporting airports during winter 2011 / 12, the winter 2012 / 13 season boasted an even better performance with an average delay of 20 minutes recorded, the lowest seen since we began analysing records in 2002. On-time performance stood at around 71%.

Thomson Airways achieved their second consecutive winter season at the top of the punctuality league table, with an average delay of 17 minutes and 74% on-time performance.

Thomas Cook Airlines achieved a close second place with an average delay of 19 minutes, despite a slightly higher on-time performance rate than Thomson charter flights at 74.6%. Monarch charter flights once again had the longest delays, averaging nearly 29 minutes with less than 54% on-time performance.
 
Summer 2011
Apr 2011 - Oct 2011
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 17.3 77.1 6.9 28,401
2nd 19.8 75.6 8.8 21,215
3rd 22.0 70.5 8.1 3,602
CHARTER AVERAGE 20.2 74.3 8.3 60,167
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending
See full season detail: www.flightontime.info/summer2011


Thomson Airways was the most punctual charter airline in the UK for the fourth consecutive summer season in 2011, with an average delay of 17.3 minutes recorded and around 77% overall on-time performance.

Thomas Cook Airlines finished the season in second place with an average delay of 19.8 minutes, but had the highest proportion of flights delayed by over an hour among the three analysed carriers at 8.8%. Monarch Airlines charter flights had the poorest performance and finished in third position with the longest average delay at 22 minutes.
Winter 2011 / 2012
Nov 2011 - Mar 2012
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 17.7 75.6 6.5 8,422
2nd 22.1 72.7 8.6 5,105
3rd 28.8 59.5 12.9 1,454
CHARTER AVERAGE 21.4 71.1 8.5 17,474
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending

The winter 2011 / 12 season saw the lowest average delays among charter flights since we began analysing records in 2002, with the average charter service operating 21 minutes behind schedule and 71% overall on-time performance.

Thomson Airways repeated their summer 2011 performance securing top position for the season with an average delay of 18 minutes and over 75% on-time performance, knocking Thomas Cook into second position for the first winter in three years.

Monarch charter flights had the longest delays, averaging nearly 29 minutes with less than 60% on-time performance.
 
Summer 2010
Apr 2010 - Oct 2010
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 22.4 70.6 9.3 27,226
2nd 29.4 66.2 12.0 5,968
3rd 34.9 62.3 16.5 21,038
4th 52.2 44.6 23.4 2,386
CHARTER AVERAGE 28.5 65.2 12.4 63,785
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending
See full season detail: www.flightontime.info/summer2010


Although all four analysed charter airlines suffered a decline in punctuality during summer 2010, Thomson Airways maintained first position for punctuality during the season for the third consecutive year, with an average delay of around 22 minutes (some 7 minutes shorter than the nearest competitor) and on-time performance of 71%, five percentage points higher than the charter average.
Winter 2010 / 2011
Nov 2010 - Mar 2011
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 33.6 66.5 12.8 5,780
2nd 34.1 69.4 11.2 8,480
3rd 36.2 55.5 15.3 1,917
CHARTER AVERAGE 34.5 65.8 12.6 18,565
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending

Delays for UK charter airlines during the winter 2010 / 11 season were again close to the highest level recorded since we began analysing records, in a repetition of the winter 2009 / 10 season with the average flight operating 34 minutes late, though an improved overall on-time performance of 67% was seen.

Thomas Cook Airlines had the best timekeeping with an average delay of just under 34 minutes and 67% on-time performance.
 
Summer 2009
Apr 2009 - Oct 2009
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 14.1 79.9 5.1 28,671
2nd 19.9 72.9 7.7 6,469
3rd 21.3 76.5 10.2 22,240
4th 38.8 49.4 16.5 2,431
CHARTER AVERAGE 19.1 74.7 8.0 68,239
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending
See full season detail: www.flightontime.info/summer2009


The summer 2009 charter punctuality season saw something of a reversal in the general trend of increasing charter flight delays over the preceding few years, with a significant improvement in punctuality recorded across UK reporting airports.

Thomson Airways secured first position for punctuality during the season for the second consecutive year, demonstrating a significant improvement in timekeeping compared with summer 2008.
Winter 2009 / 2010
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 31.4 68.2 12.9 6,081
2nd 33.1 64.3 12.8 8,184
3rd 41.9 50.2 17.3 2,132
4th 53.0 45.6 20.9 737
CHARTER AVERAGE 34.5 62.1 13.9 19,579
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending

Delays for UK charter airlines during the winter 2009 / 10 season were at their highest level since we began analysing records, the average flight operating 34 minutes late, nearly 50% longer than during winter 2008 / 09. On-time performance was only 63%, a six percentage point reduction compared with winter 2008 / 09.

Thomas Cook Airlines had the best overall timekeeping for the second consecutive winter season, with an average delay of around 31 minutes and 68% on-time performance recorded.
 
Summer 2008
Apr 2008 - Oct 2008
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 24.5 63.2 9.8 34,166
2nd 25.3 68.4 9.3 5,557
3rd 35.1 60.7 16.8 22,374
4th 39.8 54.4 16.1 7,109
CHARTER AVERAGE 30.5 60.5 13.2 80,860
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending
See full season detail: www.flightontime.info/summer2008


The main feature of the summer 2008 charter season was a sharp rise in delays with the average charter flight operating over 30 minutes behind schedule at UK reporting airports (a 14% increase from summer 2007) and 61% on-time performance (6% points lower than for summer 2007), resulting in the lowest charter flight OTP level recorded for a summer season in seven years.

Thomsonfly & First Choice Airways secured first position for punctuality during the season, despite a slight fall in timekeeping compared with summer 2007. The combined airlines recorded an average delay of 25 minutes and 63% on-time performance.
Winter 2008 / 2009
Nov 2008 - Mar 2009
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 18.9 75.3 7.8 6,792
2nd 24.8 67.6 9.8 10,753
3rd 31.4 59.1 14.1 2,616
4th 35.8 45.9 18.2 159
CHARTER AVERAGE 24.4 67.3 10.2 23,794
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending

Overall UK charter flight punctuality during the winter 2008 / 09 season was the best recorded in five years with an average delay among the four largest charter airlines standing at less than 24 minutes and 69% overall on-time performance.

Thomas Cook Airlines charter flights boasted the best timekeeping with an average delay of less than 19 minutes, over 75% on-time performance and less than 8% of flights (1 in 13) delayed by more than an hour.
 
Summer 2007
Apr 2007 - Oct 2007
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 19.9 78.9 7.5 10,296
2nd 20.3 73.7 7.1 18,863
3rd 26.8 62.4 11.3 6,734
4th 26.9 62.9 10.7 15,970
5th 27.3 64.3 11.1 1,671
6th 29.8 70.3 10.3 10,125
7th 31.5 61.2 14.1 15,508
8th 62.9 55.4 20.1 861
CHARTER AVERAGE 26.8 66.4 10.6 90,321
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending
See full season detail: www.flightontime.info/summer2007


The summer 2007 season saw an almost static overall average delay profile for the major UK charter airlines compared with the previous two years.

MyTravel Airways was the most punctual UK charter airline during the season for the second consecutive year. The airline recorded an average delay of 19.9 minutes and operated nearly 79% of flights on-time.
Winter 2007 / 2008
Nov 2007 - Mar 2008
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 18.3 76.3 6.6 2,391
2nd 23.7 69.2 10.0 7,579
3rd 27.3 59.7 11.1 4,608
4th 27.8 62.9 11.3 4,618
5th 31.5 60.6 11.1 2,067
6th 33.2 50.7 15.7 369
7th 34.4 54.7 15.8 2,727
CHARTER AVERAGE 27.8 62.4 11.5 28,205
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending

Overall punctuality among the seven analysed Charter Airlines during the winter 2007 / 08 season was broadly similar to the previous three winter seasons, with the average charter flight delayed by around 27 minutes.

MyTravel Airways had the best punctuality performance during the season with an average delay of 18 minutes recorded and 76% on-time performance.
 
Summer 2006
Apr 2006 - Oct 2006
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 14.7 82.7 5.5 10,061
2nd 21.7 70.4 8.9 15,511
3rd 22.7 66.7 8.9 15,937
4th 23.9 73.1 8.7 19,716
5th 35.5 57.3 16.3 2,533
6th 36.5 63.3 14.0 11,516
7th 40.9 57.0 16.6 7,388
8th 65.7 58.1 19.7 994
CHARTER AVERAGE 26.9 67.3 10.6 97,287
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending
See full season detail: www.flightontime.info/summer2006


The summer 2006 season saw an almost static overall average delay profile for the major UK charter airlines compared with the previous year.

MyTravel Airways was the most punctual UK charter airline during the season for the first time. The airline recorded an average delay of 14.7 minutes and operated nearly 83% of flights on-time, a significant improvement compared with previous seasons for the airline.
Winter 2006 / 2007
Nov 2006 - Mar 2007
Airline Rank Average Delay (mins.) Within 15 mins (%) > 1 hour late (%) Flights Analysed
1st 19.8 68.4 7.2 4,716
2nd 19.8 81.6 5.8 2,641
3rd 20.1 73.5 6.8 7,973
4th 27.6 64.3 10.9 4,728
5th 39.1 56.6 14.3 182
6th 44.0 50.9 19.7 795
7th 45.6 51.5 17.3 2,292
8th 48.8 54.7 16.9 2,311
CHARTER AVERAGE 28.0 65.4 10.5 29,131
Rank: Based on Average Delay (mins.) ascending

Overall punctuality among the seven analysed Charter Airlines during the winter 2006 / 07 season was broadly similar to the previous winter seasons, with the average charter flight delayed by around 28 minutes.

First Choice Airways had the best punctuality performance during the season with an average delay of 20 minutes recorded and 68% on-time performance.

 
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