Record number of flights on time
A record number of scheduled flights at UK airports were on time in the first part of 2014, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced.
And the number of charter services arriving and departing punctually also rose in the period from January to March 2014.
The CAA statistics showed that 84% of scheduled flights into and out of 10 major UK airports were on time in the first three months of this year.
This compared with a figure of 78% for the same period in 2013, with the increase taking the 2014 total to the highest level for the January-March period since records began in 1992.
The average scheduled-flight delay in January-March 2014 was nine minutes, compared with 13 minutes for the same period last year.
The 10 airports monitored were Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London City, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle.
The overall on-time performance for charter flights at the 10 airports in the first three months of this year was 76%, compared with 69% in January to March 2013 which did include spells of wintry weather.
Of the most-popular routes flown, flights to and from Rotterdam in Holland had the highest on-time performance in the first three months of this year, at 91.7%, while the German city of Hanover had the lowest average delay - of 5.1 minutes.
Flights to and from Dubai had the lowest on-time performance, at 63.4%, while Delhi had the highest average delay, at 28.3 minutes.