Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Flights Too Late, Flights Too Early - Residents Pay the Price

Perhaps the following article indicates why flights start at 6:30am and finish at 10:30pm so often? The 6.30-7am and 10-10.30pm slots are for delayed flights at London City Airport only but residents report being disturbed by flights during these times on a regular basis .

Once again you cannot help but question LCA's ability to cope with any expansion if they were to be allowed, it seems they are struggling with what they have with the punctuality of flights suffering. And what is Newham doing about these flights - are they actually monitoring if LCA are within the agreed quotas allowed?

Extract from article published on UK Airport News:

Punctuality of scheduled airlines from the UK was better in the last quarter of 2007 than the year before. But Heathrow and London City Airport bucked the trend according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), with more flights late at the docklands airport in the quarter than at any time in the past five years.

Across the 10 UK airports monitored (Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London City), average punctuality rose 1 percentage point to 69%. However, at Heathrow it dropped 1 percentage point to 60% and London City saw a 10 percentage point-drop to 58%.

Average delays for schedule flights decreased from 18 minutes to 17 minutes, with only London City seeing an increase. The average delay at Heathrow fell from 22 minutes to 21 minutes, whilst the average delay at London City was 20 minutes.