UK’s worst airport for flight delays named

Analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data by PA has found that passengers’ flights were delayed the most at Birmingham Airport. Tourists were delayed by an average of 30 minutes at the West Midlands hub.

UK airports (Worst delays)

  1. Birmingham (30 minutes)
  2. Manchester/Doncaster Sheffield (29 minutes)
  3. Luton (28 minutes)
  4. Gatwick (27 minutes)
  5. Bristol (26 minutes)
  6. Cardiff/Edinburgh (24 minutes)
  7. Heathrow (22 minutes)
  8. Newcastle/Isle of Man/Aberdeen (21 minutes)
  9. Leeds Bradford, Southend (20 minutes)
  10. Southend (20 minutes)
  11. Glasgow/Stansted/Southampton/Bournemouth (19 minutes)
  12. London City/Jersey (17 minutes)
  13. Belfast International (16 minutes)
  14. Liverpool John Lennon/Belfast City (15 minutes)
  15. Exeter/Teesside (14 minutes)
  16. East Midlands (13 minutes)

Birmingham Airport was the UK’s worst for delays, with passengers delayed by an average of 30 minutes at the Midlands airport.

Manchester and Doncaster Sheffield were close behind with passengers stuck for an average of 29 minutes.

Luton, Gatwick and Bristol also made the top five with each airport leaving passengers delayed for over 25 minutes.

East Midlands Airport had the least delays with a wait of just 13 minutes on average for a flight. 

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May and June were 2022’s worst months for flight delays as the industry tried to pick up after Covid.

CAA head of consumer Anna Bowles said: “Our data tells us that too many passengers faced disappointing levels of delays across UK airports last year.

“It is important consumers experience as high-quality service from both airlines and airports this year.

“We expect airlines to proactively provide passengers with information about their rights when flights are disrupted.”

A spokesperson for Birmingham Airport said: “The start of 2022 was devastated by Covid. After travel restrictions were lifted, the aviation industry fought hard to recover.

“This year, the first since 2020 not impacted by Covid, our airport is running smoothly with customers set to equal or exceed pre-pandemic numbers.

“Customers using Birmingham Airport this summer can expect changes to walking routes as we build our £40million new security hall, set to be ready for June 2024.”

Over 10.3 million travellers used Birmingham Airport last year, making it the UK’s seventh busiest.

Around 50 airports operate from the Midlands airport, including popular brands such as Jet2 and Ryanair.

Last year, passengers faced unprecedented levels of travel chaos with many forced to wait for hours in security queues.

The industry struggled to adjust after the pandemic with staff shortages leading to long delays at security.

Passengers should be informed by their airline if their flight is delayed and may be entitled to compensation.

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