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Transport delays: nearly a third of planes and 15% of TGVs were not on time in 2022

2023-11-28T20:28:20.302Z

Highlights: Nearly a third of planes and 15% of TGVs were not on time in 2022. Nearly 30% of medium- and long-haul flights experienced delays. Air traffic slowly recovered until the end of the Omicron wave in early 2022, before soaring again. In terms of long-distance rail links, 2022 also saw an overall deterioration in punctuality, with a TGV delay rate of 14.2% compared to 11.3% the previous year. But rail connections in and around Paris saw their regularity improve, in particular the Transilien lines R, N and K.


Nearly 30% of medium- and long-haul flights experienced delays in 2022, according to a report released Tuesday. A proportion that reaches almost


An inglorious record. Planes departing and arriving from France have never been as short on time in a decade as in 2022, amid a recovery from the pandemic, according to a report published Tuesday. "Regardless of the type of flights (domestic, medium-haul and long-haul), 2022 represents the highest delay rate in the last ten years (period 2013-2022)," said the Transport Quality of Service Authority (AQST).

In its report, the authority notes that 19.6% of domestic flights experienced delays last year, a rate that rises to 28.1% for medium-haul flights and 28.4% for long-haul flights. Air traffic, reduced to nothing by Covid-19 and border closures in March 2020, slowly recovered until the end of the Omicron wave in early 2022, before soaring again.

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The AQST pointed to a "lack of staff that primarily affected airlines" and "the difficulties encountered by airports in anticipating the resumption of traffic". As a result, "for domestic and medium-haul flights, the average delay is up compared to 2019, at around 46 minutes. On the other hand, for long-haul flights, the average delay is down to around 51 minutes."

Overall deterioration in the rail sector

In terms of long-distance rail links, 2022 also saw an overall deterioration in punctuality, with a TGV delay rate of 14.2% compared to 11.3% the previous year. Intercités trains were late in 16.7% of cases (14.1% in 2021) and TER trains in 8% (7.1% in the previous year). The AQST explained the phenomenon, for the TGV, by meteorological (storms, heat wave) and social causes, such as the strike of December 2022.

On the other hand, rail connections in and around Paris saw their regularity improve in 2022, in particular the Transilien lines R, N and K. Bad performers: the L and especially the P. As for the RER, the AQST's analysis is in line with observations already deplored by Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM): the RER B and D "combine high traffic and punctuality rate significantly lower than that of the other lines".

In mid-October, IDFM, SNCF and RATP announced a series of measures to reverse the trend of deteriorating punctuality on the RER B.

Source: leparis

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