September saw an increase of 3.2% in European flights: this was the highest monthly growth rate in 2016. Friday 9 September was the busiest day ever in Europe’s skies with a record 34,483 flights.
Low-cost carriers were the main driver of this growth, showing a 7.8% increase on September 2015. The top five airlines which added the most departure flights to the network on a daily basis in September 2016, compared with the year before, were all low-cost: Ryanair, EasyJet, Wizz Air, Vueling and Flybe.
Reversing this upward trend - happily - are delays. Using data from airlines for delays from all causes, we calculate that the average departure delay per flight in September 2016 was 10 minutes, compared with 11 minutes in September 2015. Reactionary delay decreased by 0.7 minutes per flight; airline delay fell to three minutes per flight but ATFM en route delay increased slightly.
Read more about airlines, their routes and alliances; airports; cargo and other traffic statistics in the latest edition of the Industry Monitor, the monthly bulletin on Europe’s air transport trends.