Before you book your next flight check out the latest airline punctuality ratings

Added 28/09/2012

If you are planning a holiday or short break you might want to have a look at the latest airline punctuality league table before you book a flight.

The league tables, which are produced by, rank airlines who fly into and out of the 10 reporting UK airports, including Gatwick, Heathrow, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.

bmi Regional has topped the flight punctuality league table for the first half of 2012, with 94.5% on time and an average delay of 3.9 minutes. bmi Regional have consistently ranked number one since 2009.

The table, which has been put together using arrival and departure times recorded by the Civil Aviation Authority, shows the average delay in minutes, as well as the percentage of arrivals and departures within 15 minutes of the scheduled time.

Airline Punctuality League Table — Jan to Jun 2012

Airline Rank Average delay (min) % within 15 mins % delay over 1 hour
bmi Regional 1st 3.9 94.5 1.7
CityJet (incl VLM) 2nd 5.9 89.9 2.2
Eastern Airways 3rd 6 90.4 2.3
Aer Lingus 4th 6.6 87.3 2.2
KLM 5th 6.8 88.6 1.8
BA CityFlyer 6th 7.7 86.1 2.8
Scandinavian SAS 7th 7.7 85 2.5
Loganair 8th 7.9 89.7 3.5
bmi baby 9th 8.2 87.1 2.9
Norwegian Air Shuttle 10th 8.3 84.9 2.7
Brussels Airlines 11th 8.6 83.3 2.8
Air France 12th 8.6 82.3 1.8
easyJet 13th 8.8 85.5 3
Alitalia 14th 8.8 81.4 2.7
Ryanair 15th 8.9 83.5 1.9
Germanwings 16th 9.6 80.4 2.5
Aurigny 17th 9.7 85.7 3.5
Swiss Airlines 18th 10.1 79.3 2.9
bmi British Midland 19th 10.7 80.2 3.5
Flybe 20th 10.9 83.5 4.4
Lufthansa 21st 11 77.1 3.1
Delta Air Lines 22nd 11.4 79.7 3.7
Aer Arann 23rd 12.5 82.7 5.4
British Airways 24th 13 76.8 4.5
Wizz Air 25th 14.4 75.8 4.6
American Airlines 26th 15.1 73.3 5.1
TAP Air Portugal 27th 16.5 71.6 7.5
Virgin Atlantic 28th 16.8 76.6 6.2
Emirates 29th 17.3 62.4 4.6
Jet2 30th 17.6 72.3 5.8
United / Continental 31st 18.3 69.2 7.5
Iberia 32nd 20 57 6.2
THY Turkish 33rd 22.2 58.3 9.1
Air Canada 34th 25 60.6 8.7
Monarch Scheduled 35th 26.7 61.4 10.5

2012 Ranking by Jan-Jun average delay (ascending). Analysis includes arrivals and departures at UK reporting airports.
Data obtained from

In the battle of the low cost airlines, Easyjet, achieved 13th place with 85.5% of flights within 15 minutes of their scheduled time, beating Ryanair who are ranked 15th with 83.5% of flights arriving or departing with 15 minutes of their scheduled time.

The average delay in minutes looks relatively low, with even the lowest ranked airline reporting an average delay of 26.7 minutes. But remember these are averages, within these times there could be lots of flights on schedule, and the odd one delayed for a very long time.

Travel insurance for flight delays

If you are unlucky enough to suffer a long flight delay your travel insurance may be able to help. The travel delay section on a travel insurance policy (included on our Gold and Platinum policies) is designed to pay a benefit to help you cover the cost of additional expenses whilst you wait at the airport.

If you are delayed by more than 12 hours, due to strike, mechanical breakdown or adverse whether you will be able to claim a fixed benefit to help you cover the cost of additional expenses, such as food and drink. You also have the option to ‘abandon’ your holiday and make a claim for the cost, up to the limit stated in the terms and conditions.

To make a claim under the travel delay section of your travel insurance policy you must have checked in for your flight at the airport and you must obtain a letter from the airline or travel company confirming the length and reason for the delay.

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