Flyglobespan worst for delays

Troubled Scottish low-cost carrier flyglobespan has received more bad news after it was revealed as the worst budget airline in Scotland for delays.

The Civil Aviation Authority’s latest figures for the first six months of 2007 show that flyglobespan passengers were delayed for an average of 40 minutes, compared to 17 minutes last year, reports The Sunday Mail.

Flyglobespan brought up the rear for budget carriers flying from Glasgow and Edinburgh behind Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2, Flybe, bmi baby and Monarch.

One in seven of the airline’s flights was delayed by an hour or more, compared to one in 20 last year. One of the worst performing routes was Glasgow to Canada where one in four flights was more than three hours late.

Flyglobespan, which was Scotland’s airline of the year in 2005, blames some of the delays on two aircraft which it leased from another carrier. It says these experienced an “unusually high level of technical problems”.

Another poorly performing route was Glasgow to Palma where one in six flights was delayed by three to six hours, and one in five return flights delayed by the same time. Only last month 140 passengers were stranded at Palma for 14.5 hours as they waited for a flight to Edinburgh.

In June the website forum Skytrax claims it received more complaints about flyglobespan than all other UK airlines put together.

Flyglobespan says its service has now improved and the leased planes are operating better. "In August our flights between Glasgow and Palma had an average departure delay of eight minutes and an average arrival delay of just four minutes," said a spokesperson.

Written by: Nick Purdom


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