Mykonos to Gatwick is Europe’s most disrupted flight route

Mykonos to Gatwick is revealed as Europe’s most disrupted flight route of 2018, with 75 per cent of journeys suffering delays

  • Study looked at flights that were cancelled or delayed by more than 15 mins
  • The second most disrupted flight route in Europe is Lisbon to Rome Ciampino
  • The route from London Gatwick to Bucharest is disrupted 71% of the time   

The flight route from the holiday island of Mykonos to London Gatwick is the most disrupted in Europe, according to new research.

Three-quarters of flights heading from the Greek destination to the UK’s second busiest airport experienced either cancellations or delays of more than 15 minutes from January 1 until October 9 this year.

The second most disrupted flight route is Lisbon to Rome Ciampino followed by Lisbon to Brussel Charleroi. In fourth is the route from Gatwick to Bucharest, which experienced disruptions 71 per cent of time, the figures revealed.

The most disrupted flight route in Europe is from the airport on the Greek holiday island of Mykonos, pictured, and London Gatwick, according to new research 

The most disrupted flight route in Europe is from the airport on the Greek holiday island of Mykonos, pictured, and London Gatwick, according to new research 

The study of European flight data throughout 2018 was carried out by flight compensation company AirHelp.

It said it looked at figures from government agencies, airport databanks, flight-tracking vendors, historical resources and commercial data brokers to build up a real-time picture of flight disruptions.

The fifth most disrupted route on the list is Frankfurt International to Pristina International followed by Venice to London Luton, with more than two thirds (68 per cent) of travellers experiencing disrupted flights on this journey in 2018.

Seventh is Eindhoven to Dublin (67.65 per cent) followed by Eindhoven to Rome Ciampino (67.28 per cent), Krakow International to Dublin (66.76 per cent) and Rome Fiumicino to Cologne (66.50 per cent).

Overall, the research found passengers travelling via UK airports are more likely to suffer delays and cancellations than any other European air travellers, with UK airports featuring in 25 of the 50 worst European flight routes.

Those flying to or from Italian or German airports are also likely to endure travel chaos – Italian airports feature in 24 routes and German airports in 18 routes, the research showed.

The research also produced a top-five ranking for the most disrupted flights for UK departures. After London Gatwick to Bucharest Henri Coanda in the table is London Luton to Ibiza (62 per cent), Gatwick to Cork (60 per cent), Manchester to Istanbul (59 per cent) and in fifth place, London City to Lisbon (58 per cent).

In the top-five ranking for UK arrivals only, following Mykonos to Gatwick is Venice to London Luton (68 per cent), Basel to Manchester (62 per cent), Munich to London Luton (62 per cent) and in fifth place, Prague to Bristol (60 per cent). 

The fourth most disrupted routs is from Gatwick, pictured, to Bucharest, which experienced disruptions 71 per cent of time, the figures revealed

The fourth most disrupted routs is from Gatwick, pictured, to Bucharest, which experienced disruptions 71 per cent of time, the figures revealed

Meanwhile, passengers flying on a Tuesday are least likely to suffer delays and cancellations, with 78 per cent of flights arriving at their destinations on time, according to the research.

However, weekend travellers should be prepared for travel misery – more than one in four flights (29 per cent) are delayed or cancelled on Sundays, the study found.

Paloma Salmeron, air passenger rights expert at AirHelp, said: ‘This year, we’ve seen the worst European flight disruptions on record.

‘UK air passengers have suffered an unprecedented level of flight disruptions this year, with over 186,000 departing flights delayed or cancelled to date in 2018 – that’s over 27,000 more UK flights affected than last year.

‘With a growing number of delayed and cancelled flights, European air passengers are enduring a rising tide of travel misery.

‘Although it’s not always possible to avoid travel disruption, we urge affected passengers to check whether they are entitled to financial compensation.

‘With 86 per cent of UK air travellers unaware of their air passenger rights, many are missing out on the compensation to which they are entitled by not filing a claim.’

THE 50 MOST DISRUPTED FLIGHT ROUTES IN EUROPE 2018 

1. Mykonos to London Gatwick 75.21%

2. Lisbon to Rome Ciampino  74.26%

3. Lisbon to Brussel Charleroi  73.99%

4. London Gatwick to Bucharest Henri Coanda 71.60%

5. Frankfurt International to Pristina International 70.04%

6. Venice Marco Polo to London Luton 68.27%

7. Eindhoven to Dublin 67.65%

8. Eindhoven to Rome Ciampino 67.28%

9. Krakow John Paul II to Dublin 66.76%

10. Rome Fiumicino to Cologne/Bonn 66.50%

11. Fontanarosa to Stuttgart 65.73%

12. Fontanarosa to Zurich 65.28%

13. Paris Orly to Stockholm Arlanda 64.96%

14. Bologna Guglielmo Marconi to Berlin Schoenefeld 64.93%

15. Warsaw Frederic Chopin to Zvartnots International 64.66%

16. Zvartnots International to Warsaw Frederic Chopin 64.11%

17. Milan Bergamo to Hamburg 63.31%

18. Vienna International to Lisbon 63.08%

19. Tbilisi International to Warsaw Frederic Chopin 62.90%

20. Basel to Manchester International 62.25%

21. London Luton to Ibiza 62.20%

22. Munich International to London Luton 62.08%

23. Palma de Mallorca to Prague Ruzyne 61.93%

24. Cote d’Azur to Dublin 61.42%

25. Dublin to Eindhoven 61.11%

26. Lisbon to Dublin 60.93% 

27. London Gatwick to Cork International 60.89%

28. Prague Ruzyne to Bristol International 60.48%

29. Pisa International Airport to London Luton 59.64%

30. Barcelona to Cologne 59.34%

31. Lyon to Dublin 59.29%

32. Manchester International to Istanbul Ataturk 59.12%

33. Bologna Guglielmo to Cologne/Bonn 58.93%

34. Rome Fiumicino to London Luton 58.38%

35. London City to Lisbon 58.22%

36. Rome Fiumicino to London Luton 58.14%

37. Budapest International to London Gatwick 58.02%

38. Cote d’Azue to Dusseldorf International 57.92%

39. Brussels to Bucharest Henri Coanda 57.62%

40. Paris Charles de Gaulee to Belfast International 57.34%

41. Manchester International to Budapest Liszt Ferenc International 57.28%

42. Warsaw Frederic Chopin to Lisbon 57.22%

43. Budapest Liszt Ferenc International to Cologne 57.08%

44. Venice Marco Polo to Dusseldorf International 57.04%

45. London Gatwick to Shannon 56.92%

46. Krakow John Paul II to Paris Charles de Gaulle 56.89%

47. Vienna International to London Gatwick 56.77%

48. Frankfurt International to Baku International 56.67%

49. Edinburgh to Hamburg 56.63%

50. Valencia to Dusseldorf 56.52%

Source: AirHelp

 

 

 

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