Flybe has claimed top spot for flight punctuality in 2015 by outperforming rivals for the second consecutive year.

The airline said the Civil Aviation Authority’s punctuality statistics showed that 84% of its flights were recorded as being on time, ahead of Ryanair (82.1%), British Airways (72.7%) and Easyjet (71.7%).

The figures cover airlines which operate more then 30,000 flights a year.

 The report analysed airline performance from arrival and departure data provided by 25 UK airports for airline’s on-time performance, defined by a less-than-15-minute delay.

Flybe’s performance improved year-on-year from 82% to 84%, while overall industry performance was reported to have dropped from 79% to 76.6% over 2014.

The regional airline’s chief operations officer, Luke Farajallah, said: “We recognise that on-time performance is a critically defining factor when it comes to choosing which airline to fly with.

“Not only has Flybe yet again placed in pole position against other airlines, but most pleasingly these independent statistics indicate we have improved on last year’s performance, bucking the industry trend.

“Flybe remains heavily focused on maintaining its above average track record for punctuality and there is a company-wide commitment to improve even further this very important element of our passengers’ experience.”