League table of UK airport delays

Investigation reveals UK’s best and worst

League table of UK airport delays 1The BBC among others reports that the best and worst UK airports for flight delays last year have been revealed by an investigation.
Press Association analysis of Civil Aviation Authority has shown that London Stansted was the worst UK airport for flight delays in 2018.Departures from the Essex airport – the fourth busiest in the UK – were an average of 25 minutes late in 2018.
Consumer group Which? has described the figure as “completely unacceptable”. The airport is a hub for a number of low-cost eastern European airlines as well as being the largest base for Ryanair.
London Luton and Birmingham recorded the joint second worst punctuality performance, with aircraft typically taking off 19 minutes behind schedule.

Average 16 minute delay

The ranking takes into account every scheduled and chartered flight from 24 major UK airports. Cancelled flights are not included. Flights across all featured airports were delayed by an average of 16 minutes in 2018. Belfast City recorded the best performance, with a figure of just eight minutes, while Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport was in second place with 10 minutes.

A spokesman for London Stansted said: “Following a particularly challenging summer last year when adverse weather and air traffic control issues had a dramatic impact on airline on-time performance, Ryanair committed to a multimillion-pound investment in additional resourcing and equipment to support its ground operation at London Stansted. “This investment has already helped deliver significant service improvements to flight punctuality.”

Rory Boland, editor of consumer magazine Which? Travel, said: “It’s completely unacceptable for passengers to be regularly delayed by nearly half an hour.”These delays aren’t just an inconvenience but can leave holidaymakers hundreds of pounds out of pocket because of missed connections, transfers and fines for picking up their hire car late.”While compensation is available for delays of over three hours, airlines should stop passing the buck and make it easier for their passengers by finally introducing automatic compensation”.

Trade body the Airport Operators Association (AOA) said delays are caused by a “range of factors”. Last year featured a blast of cold weather due to the Beast from the East and strikes by air traffic controllers in countries such as France and Belgium. The AOA added that disruption is also caused by the capacity of UK airspace being constrained.







4 thoughts on “League table of UK airport delays”

  1. I hate Stansted airport these days even though it is nearer than Gatwick. It’s nothing more than a glorified shopping centre that happens to have a runway attached! Gatwick is pretty horrible but better. I much prefer Heathrow but no flights to the island from there now.


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