Figures reveal punctuality rate of airports when passengers faced mass delays and cancellations

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New figures reveal Manchester Airport had a punctuality rate of 59 per cent in April when holidaymakers faced mass delays over the Easter break.

April saw flight punctuality fall to its lowest levels so far this year at the vast majority of large UK airports, analysis of data from the Civil Aviation Authority shows.

Manchester Airport saw a punctuality rate of 59 per cent while Liverpool John Lennon recorded 74.1 per cent of flights on time.

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East Midlands International Airport had the best punctuality record, with 84 per cent of flights arriving or leaving on schedule.

Airport punctuality figures have been releasedAirport punctuality figures have been released
Airport punctuality figures have been released

Officials count a flight as delayed if it is more than 15 minutes late.

Aviation experts say a lack of trained and vetted staff, both within airports and on airlines, is at the root of the problems.

On Tuesday, the Government set out plans which aim to prevent last-minute flight cancellations during the summer peak.

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The regulations will allow a one-off ‘amnesty’ on airport slots rules, allowing airlines to deliver a more realistic summer schedule based on their staffing levels.

The Department for Transport said this was being provided as an exceptional measure while the aviation industry recruits the necessary workers.

Subject to approval by Parliament, the Government will now give airlines a short window to temporarily hand back slots for the rest of the summer season that they are not confident they will be able to operate.

Ministers said this would help passengers find alternative arrangements ahead of time, rather than face the kind of last-minute cancellations seen over the Easter and half-term holidays.

Aviation Minister Robert Courts said: “This is a hugely challenging time for our recovering aviation industry, but we cannot have a situation where passengers arrive at the airport just to have their flight cancelled 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 to relieve the pressures we see being experienced by the aviation industry and its customers. Short-term measures are welcomed, but a continued focus on the unplanned and inevitable operational challenges is crucial for consumer confidence this summer.”

Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, said: “This is a welcome step that will help build greater resilience into operations this summer, coming on top of measures already taken by the sector. We will continue to work with ministers and the whole aviation ecosystem to ensure the summer peak runs as smoothly as possible for our passengers.”