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Stansted Airport chiefs will be giving themselves a pat on the back after a record was set for the number of flights taking to the skies on time.

Civil Aviation Authority statistics show that 85% of journeys took off on time from Uttlesford last year, which is the best performance since 1991 when the Queen opened the new terminal building.

The figures show there has been a rise of 11% on 2010's figures, and they are higher than 1991's 71% of on-time take offs.

In the last three months of 2011, Stansted saw the largest performance increase of any airport in the UK, as there was a 16% rise on 2010's figure with regards to the number of flights taking off on time.

Nick Barton, managing director, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the latest CAA figures recognise the excellent on-time performance of departing flights at Stansted - our best ever year since Her Majesty The Queen opened the new Stansted 21 years ago this week.

“It’s really important for passengers and airlines to know they will get away on-time with the minimum of fuss. The 2011 data makes clear, if you’re flying low-cost, Stansted is the best airport in the UK for on-time performance despite being one of the country’s busiest airports."

Stansted is the country's fourth busiest airport and won a handful of international awards in 2011, including being named the world's best budget airport by Skytrax.

The airport also won the Air Cargo Award of Excellence from Skytrax.