Delayed flights are to be expected this summer, with many holiday travellers suffering from long queues and failed computer systems at the airport.
With strikes happening in Spain also to affect any summer holidays, it isn’t a great time to be heading abroad.
For any families wanting to avoid a delay as much as possible, new research has found the worst culprits when it comes to flying late.
It has also found the worst airport, so avoiding both can save holidaymakers hours when it comes to being stuck at an airport.
The BBC Data Unit analysed figures from the Civil Aviation Authority regarding flights at UK airports.
EasyJet was found to be the worst airline for delays, as travellers were 24 minutes late on average.
Thomas Cook and British Airways were close behind, with delays of 19 minutes and 18 minutes respectively.
Those flying with Aer Lingus can rejoice as they are the best for flying on schedule with an average delay time of just 12 minutes.
An easyJet spokesperson told the BBC: “Despite a number of adverse external factors like increasingly congested airspace, particularly in the London area, and record numbers of air traffic control strikes, over the last year, easyJet has actually reduced the proportion of flights delayed by more than three hours.
“We work hard to minimise disruption and fully comply with all relevant regulations.”
The findings also included the best and worst airports around the UK for delays.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gatwick Airport was the worst for delayed holidays coming in at 27 minutes on average.
A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport also suggested that their high volume of flights is part of the reason for being top of the list.
They told the BBC: ”We operate the world’s busiest and most efficient single runway airport but, over recent years, Gatwick has been disproportionately affected by issues beyond our control.
“These include repeated strike action by French, Greek, Spanish and Italian air traffic controllers and airport employees, prolonged bad weather, and heavily congested airspace above parts of Europe and London.”
For passengers who experience any delays to their flights, they can still claim compensation.
Any flight delayed for over three hours can claim the minimum amount of money back, with some compensation being as much as £520.
If a flight is cancelled altogether, then the full flight cost is refunded, or a replacement flight must be found.
Compensation is only available if the reason is the airline’s fault, such as a technical error, and not out of their control such as weather or political issues.
Source : EXPRESS