Wednesday 18 September 2019

Ryanair adds 167 flights a day to airspace across Europe in July - and the average delay for departures drops to 17 minutes

Ryanair said yesterday that in August, 93pc of its flights arrived on time, compared to 89pc in August 2018 (stock photo)
Ryanair said yesterday that in August, 93pc of its flights arrived on time, compared to 89pc in August 2018 (stock photo)
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Ryanair added 167 flights a day to European airspace in July - the most of any airline - according to new figures from Eurocontrol.

The Brussels-based agency, which manages airspace across Europe and is headed by former Irish Aviation Authority boss Eamonn Brennan, added that the average delay per flight departure in July was 17.3 minutes, down 3.7 minutes on July 2018. For flight arrivals, the average delay was 16 minutes, down 3.2 minutes compared to July last year.

In July this year, just 21.9pc of all flights arrived within a five-minute threshold of their scheduled arrival time.

Ryanair said yesterday that in August, 93pc of its flights arrived on time, compared to 89pc in August 2018.

It claimed that air traffic control staff shortages delayed 18,785 Ryanair flights in August - the highest amount in any single month so far this year.

Eurocontrol said that the second-largest number of daily flights added in July by an airline came from Vueling, the Spanish low-cost carrier that's part of Aer Lingus-owned IAG. Jet2 had 30 more flights a day, while Air Baltic had 29.

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