As we close to the tip of a summer time blighted by journey chaos, a brand new report has revealed the worst airways within the UK for flight delays in 2021.
Topping the rankings for tardy flight departures final yr is Wizz Air.
The Hungarian airline recorded a median delay of 14 minutes and 24 seconds on flights from UK airports, in accordance with an evaluation of information from the Civil Aviation Authority by the PA information company.
The low-cost airline operates an A320 fleet to 10 airports within the UK, together with London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
The report reveals that flights sometimes departed 5 minutes later than the common delay time for UK flights, which was eight and a half minutes.
Tui Airways had the second-highest UK flight delays in 2021. Plane operated by the British constitution airline departed a median of 13 minutes and 18 seconds delayed.
Rounding out the highest three worst offenders is British Airways, the UK’s flag provider, which recorded a median flight delay of 12 minutes and 42 seconds final yr.
The ten worst airways for UK flight delays
- Wizz Air (14 minutes, 24 seconds)
- Tui Airways (13 minutes, 18 seconds)
- British Airways (12 minutes, 42 seconds)
- Virgin Atlantic (12 minutes)
- Loganair (11 minutes, 30 seconds)
- Air France (11 minutes, 12 seconds)
- Lufthansa (10 minutes)
- KLM (eight minutes, 42 seconds)
- Jap Airways (seven minutes, 48 seconds)
- Jet2.com (seven minutes, 42 seconds)
On the different finish of the size, Aer Lingus got here out on prime with the shortest common delay per flight. Travellers flying with the Irish airline confronted a typical delay of solely three minutes and 12 seconds.
And the 2 most-used airways by UK passengers — easyJet and Ryanair — additionally fared effectively when it got here to punctuality.
EasyJet had the second-shortest common delay per flight at 4 minutes and 36 seconds, whereas Ryanair — Europe’s largest passenger airline by passenger numbers — ranked third, with its Boeing 737 jets taking off a median of six minutes and 6 seconds after scheduled departure instances.
The research thought-about all scheduled and chartered departures from UK airports by airways with greater than 2,500 flights. It didn’t take cancelled flights into consideration.
An earlier investigation by PA this yr revealed that Birmingham was the worst airport within the UK for flight delays final yr.
As a complete, the aviation business within the UK carried out higher by way of punctuality in 2021 than it did earlier than the worldwide pandemic, due to a discount within the variety of flights brought on by journey restrictions.
Winter journey warning as airways cancel flights
Subsequent yr’s report is more likely to throw up some for much longer common delay durations, after the aviation business struggled to fulfill an increase in journey demand and labored via workers shortages at airways and airports.
Tens of hundreds of flights have been cancelled this summer time and extra are being pulled from winter schedules.
British Airways introduced final week that it was dropping no less than 10,000 flights from its schedule till the tip of March, and German airline Lufthansa can be eradicating flights from its winter schedule.
Travellers flying Wizz Air from Wales in September will solely have the ability to fly to Milan and Bucharest after the funds airline scrapped flights to all different locations for no less than six months.
Up to date: August 28, 2022, 12:21 PM