CHANNEL Islands-based airlines have fared better than their UK counterparts when it comes to flight delays, according to a national watchdog.
Blue Islands and Aurigny performed well compared to British Airways, easyJet and Jet2, new analysis by the Civil Aviation Authority has revealed.
Taking into account all scheduled and chartered departures from British airports by airlines with more than 2,500 flights, Hungarian Airline Wizz Air was found to be the worst performer in 2022. The airline had an average delay of 46 minutes and 6 seconds.
The worst functioning airline to fly from Jersey was British Airways with an average delay of 23 minutes. It was the ninth most delayed airline overall.
Meanwhile, Jet2 Airlines had an average delay of 21 minutes and 42 seconds, 13th overall, with easyJet cruising into 17th place with an average of 20 minutes and 24 seconds.
Both Channel Islands-based airlines did relatively well, with Blue Islands and Aurigny taking the 26th and 27th spots respectively.
Their average delays were 16 minutes and 42 seconds, and 16 minutes and 30 seconds respectively.
Blue Islands chief executive Rob Veron said: ‘Placing sixth [best] out of 31 short-haul airlines is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams and our supplier partners; especially in a year where our industry continued to work through many post-pandemic challenges.’
He added: ‘Providing our customers with a safe and reliable on-time service is a complex task. We’re proud that the local airlines in Guernsey and Jersey are punching above their weight compared to the CAA’s UK peer group.’