Delays worsen at Heathrow… but not at Heathrow Gatwick Transfers!
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have just released their latest figures which, performance wise, don’t
look good for London Heathrow airport! According to the figures, more than 1 in 4 flights in and out
of Heathrow were delayed during the spring period, principally because of the bad weather we experienced at
that time of the year. Unfortunately, compared to last year, the airport’s performance hasn’t
CAA’s guidelines say that airplanes which leave or arrive over 15 minutes behind schedule are deemed
late, and Heathrow have come out as being the worst performing airport in Britain; only 73% of flights left
or arrived on time, with an average delay of 12 minutes. The airport’s poor performance also coincided
with the problems they had with their immigration service, with some passengers having to wait over 2 hours
just to get into the country. Supporters of Heathrow’s expansion are putting the poor performance down
to the airport’s lack of capacity and are urging government to re-consider a third runway.
A spokesman for CAA said: “A drop in performance for scheduled flights is a warning sign – more can
and we urge airports, airlines and air traffic control to work together to reverse this trend, reduce delays
and ensure even more passengers reach their destination on time.”
BAA responded: “The fall in punctuality at Heathrow earlier this year was due to the exceptionally
weather from April to June, which was the wettest on record. Storms also heavily restricted flight
paths around the airport. Heathrow is more vulnerable to poor weather than other airports because it
operates at 99.2% capacity – meaning there’s no slack in the system.”
The Daily Telegraph also revealed earlier this year that passengers face more delays flying in to
than at any other airport in Europe. Eurocontrol, who are responsible for air traffic control,
released figures that demonstrated that airplanes spent more time on the runway awaiting clearance for
take-off to Heathrow than its rivals. Not good reading for BAA who operate Heathrow airport… and not
particularly encouraging for those of us wishing to travel by air via Heathrow!
However, what you can be sure of is that Heathrow Gatwick
is of the highest performance. We don’t do delays, full stop. We make sure that in spite of
weather conditions, road conditions or additional traffic, you arrive on time, every time. As well as
our free Meet and
Greet service that we
offer to all our passengers for your airport transfer, we also offer FREE waiting time; therefore, it doesn’t matter if
your flight is running late, we monitor your flight’s activity and ensure that we are there on time to
collect you, and transfer you to your next destination.
For complete peace of mind, book you airport
transfer today with Heathrow Gatwick