Four airports in the UK improved their scheduled punctuality in the first three months of 2008 compared to the same period of the previous year, according to new figures.
Stansted and Birmingham were the best performers, respectively operating 80 per cent and 78 per cent of their flights within 15 minutes of their planned arrival or departure time.
This bucked the overriding trend, as the overall punctuality performance at the ten UK airports monitored by the CAA fell by four percentage points to 68 per cent.
While the average delay across all the scheduled flights monitored by the CAA rose from 16 minutes in 2007 to 18 minutes this year, Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham, Stansted and Manchester all managed to reduce the length of their average hold-up.
Among the 75 destinations with the most passengers flying from UK airports, Guernsey had the best on-time performance (86 per cent), while Shannon in the Republic of Ireland had the shortest average delay (nine minutes).