The reduction in overall delay is further highlighted by the high arrival punctuality, with 94.4% of flights arriving within 15 minutes or earlier than their scheduled arrival time (STA). This sharp increase occurred as airlines that could operate flights, saw many flights depart ahead of schedule, in turn arriving even earlier than their STA.
Analysis into the causes of delay, shows the main change came in relation to governmental delay causes, these delay codes being used to record delays due to mandatory security or immigration, customs and health related delays. The contribution of this cause to the average delay/flight almost doubled in Q3 2020, contributing 0.6 minutes per flight compared to 0.3 minutes in the same period in 2019, translating to an 18% of generated delay minutes.
En-route ATFM delays fell to near 0.0 minutes/flight with only a small amount of air traffic flow management (ATFM) delays observed during the quarter.
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