In terms of overall delay, the average delay per flight for Q2 2020 decreased by 5.6 minutes to 7.9 minutes per flight. This came amongst unprecedented operational conditions for the whole aviation industry, with quarterly traffic levels falling by 84% in comparison to Q2 2019.
The main change in delay came in relation to governmental causes*, these delay codes being used to record delays due to mandatory security or immigration, customs and health related delays. The contribution to the average delay/flight almost quadrupled in Q2 2020, contributing 1.1 minutes per flight compared to 0.3 in the same period in 2019.
The reduction in overall delay is further highlighted by the high arrival punctuality, with 91.4% of flights arriving within 15 minutes or earlier than their scheduled arrival time (STA). This dramatic increase occurred as airlines that could operate flights, saw high departure punctuality as many flights departed ahead of schedule, in turn arriving even earlier than their STA.
En-route ATFM delays fell to near 0.0 minutes/flight with only a handful of ATFM delays being observed during the quarter.
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