Flight delayed: Air traffic delays worsen in 2005

13th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 13 (AFP) - Passengers boarding planes at France's 15 main airports encountered longer departure delays in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, a body set up by the transport ministry to monitor the sector said Thursday.

PARIS, Oct 13 (AFP) - Passengers boarding planes at France's 15 main airports encountered longer departure delays in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, a body set up by the transport ministry to monitor the sector said Thursday.

While the number of delayed flights stayed the same -- at around one in four -- the average time elapsed between scheduled and actual take-off grew by 20 percent, the National Council for Aviation Clients (CNCA) said.

Delays going beyond 15 minutes -- considered a benchmark for tardiness -- increased from 42 minutes to 50 minutes.

"The average time of delays over 15 minutes has gone up 51 percent over the past seven years. Even in off-peak times, punctuality has not improved," CNCA chairman Marc Deby told a media conference.

Passengers who found they were on a delayed domestic flight in France could expect their timetable to be thrown out by an hour, he added, "which might explain the success of high-speed train lines over distances of less than 500km."

According to the CNCA, the delays were imputable to a cascade effect when one flight was running late, the airlines themselves and, to a lesser extent, airport services and security.

Delays due to bad weather and the passengers themselves accounted for a smaller though significant proportion of flights.

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Subject: French news

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