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Is Ryanair Really Europe’s Most Punctual Airline?

punctual airlineRyanair’s key selling points are their cheap fares and on-time arrival. The airline claims to hold the current record for on-time arrivals, with over 90% of flights landing on-time. The airline even became renowned for their cheerful ‘on time jingle’. Ryanair’s impressive statistics beat all other European airlines but is Ryanair really Europe’s most punctual airline? According to the Civil Aviation Authority, a flight is only considered as on-time if it arrived within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time. According to recent data, it was found that Ryanair fell short of their 90% personal best, and achieved just 83% on-time arrival at 10 major UK airports. This data was collected from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle London City, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted. Eleven airlines such as KLM, Finnair and Aer Lingus beat Ryanair’s score. Last month, Ryanair blamed bad weather (specifically thunderstorms) for the drop in flight punctuality when 13% of flights were classified as late. Another point to consider is that a large proportion of Ryanair flights are short haul flights within Europe between small airports that are not subject to heavy air traffic congestion. This makes it much easier to avoid delays. Bigger airports take aircrafts much longer to get onto the runway and to reach the arrival gate. This can be a contributor to flight delays.

Ryanair claims to be “the world’s favourite airline” because it carries more international passengers than any of its competitors. This fact is true, Ryanair does carry the most passengers compared all other airlines. Last year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Ryanair carried 76 million passengers. Lufthansa came second with 50 million passengers, 26 million passengers shy of Ryanair. However, having the passenger volumes does not mean that you have the highest passenger rating. A recent survey conducted by TripAdvisor showed that Ryanair was voted as the worst airline. Of the 9,000 UK residents who took part in the survey, 49% voted Ryanair as their least favourite. Only 2 per cent voted Ryanair as their favourite airline.

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