We all hate when our flights are delayed. Having the option to potentially select flights from an airport which is less likely to experience delays is a tactic that many frequent flyers use in order to minimize the odds that they are stuck waiting around.
To investigate this further, BBC News examined Civil Aviation Authority data from January 2015 to March 2016. Interesting findings from their report suggest that London Gatwick airport is the worst culprit, with an average flight delay of 18 minutes. London Luton airport was not far behind, and Heathrow was a surprising 5th on the list of the worst offenders. A spokesperson for Gatwick spoke to BBC and indicated:
“We regret any delays our passengers experience however several incidents beyond Gatwick’s control influenced the airport’s performance during this period, including numerous air traffic control strikes across European airspace, impacting the airport’s whole flight schedule including our long haul routes. Gatwick has more flights to Europe than any UK airport and can therefore be impacted disproportionately by events on the continent.”
The worst airlines in the UK? Turkmenistan Airlines with an average delay of 70 minutes, followed by Pakistan International Airlines with an average delay of approximately 50 minutes. The single most delayed flight was a flight from Manchester to JFK Airport in New York City, averaging an 88 minute delay!
Does this match up with your experiences traveling in the UK?