The Critical Importance Of Improving Arrival & Departure Punctuality.

One of the basic truths in the airline industry is that a lack of Arrival and Departure Punctuality is costing airlines millions.

Airlines are losing money every time an aircraft is not flying per schedule. Delays as
little as 10 minutes can, depending on a number of related factors, cost airlines millions.

The Poor Punctuality Syndrome

The airline industry categorizes late flights as those that deviate from their schedule by more than 15 minutes.

Findings released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Civil Aviation Authority and CODA, (a group within Eurocontrol), show that between 4% and 8% of all delays are directly attributable to airline operations.

On-time punctuality is defined as departing/arriving within 15 minutes of schedule.

CAA data for 2003 shows that 73% of flights in the UK departed on time and
that 70% arrived on time. In the US, the combined departure/arrival rate was 81%,
from July to December, 2003.

Doing The Math

Consider the following example: An airline with 500 daily flights with 4% of those
flights delayed by 14 minutes equates to a loss of 280 minutes of utilization per day.

This translates into the loss of 3.7 flights per day for a regional operation, and 2.3 flights per day for a main line operation.

The Potential Benefit Of Concerted Punctuality Tracking

In order to determine effective ways to minimize controllable delays, airlines need to
A) Track punctuality by the minute and B) Perform daily punctuality analyses.

The yearly utilization opportunity for a regional operation (75 minute flights) can be up to 224 additional flight days in the fleet; while the opportunity for a mainline operation (2 hour flights) can be up to 167 additional flight days in the fleet.

Being diligent in this area alone has the potential to maximize fleet utilization fleet utilization without increasing the actual size of the fleet, and as a result, create improved revenues and increased customer satisfaction.

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