Brits are most likely to experience a summer flight delay when departing from London Heathrow. Flights to Larnaca have the highest chance of delay out of Brits’ favourite summer destinations.
The holiday delay hotspots have been revealed by flight delay specialist solicitors Bott and Co. Bott and Co analysed flights between UK airports and 18 of Brits’ most popular summer holiday destinations including Cyprus, Egypt, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain (including the Balearics and Canaries) and Turkey.
Most chance of delay: Heathrow and Larnaca
27% of London Heathrow flights departed more than 15 minutes late over the summer period, totalling 15,591 delays.
London airports also take second, third and fourth place in the list of airports most likely to keep you waiting: Gatwick saw 8,912 (26%) flights delayed; Luton had 1,934 (21%) late departures; and Stansted 2,967 (19%) tardy flights, leaving thousands of passengers inconvenienced.
Just a single flight from Blackpool airport was delayed, representing 0.2% of its 634 flights. Robin Hood airport also proved its punctuality with just 1% of its 666 flights leaving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled departure time. Larnaca airport in Cyprus may promise sunshine, but it’s also most likely to offer you a delay, with 12% of summer flights there delayed.
Majorca’s Palma airport saw 639 tardy flights – the highest number of outbound delays from the UK amongst the summer holiday destinations. The late-running planes represent 10% of the 5,866 flights to the island, making it the second most likely holiday destination to see you delayed.
All three Turkish airports on the list fell outside of the top ten: Antalya came 12th with 4% of UK flights there delayed; Bodrum 13th with 3.9% of flights; and Dalaman 15th with 3.4% of flights. Flying to Heraklion airport in Greece is least likely to keep you waiting, with just 2% of the 886 flights there delayed.
Longest delays: Manchester and Larnaca
For those jetting off, Manchester racked up the longest delay with a waiting time just shy of an entire day (23hrs 57mins). London airports Heathrow and Gatwick were not far behind with lengthy delays of 23hrs 26mins and 21hrs 23mins respectively.
The best of a bad bunch, with the shortest maximum recorded delay, was Robin Hood (1hr 34mins); Glasgow Prestwick (2hrs 58mins); and Norwich (3hrs 33mins). Heading home, Larnaca airport saw the longest delay–24hrs 35mins.
Tenerife was not far behind with the second longest delay of 21hrs 3mins.
Time is money: Up to €600 for your delay
Flight delays over three hours are claimable under Regulation EU261.
Passengers are entitled to up to €600 per person depending on the delay length and flight distance. Delays caused by ‘extraordinary circumstances’ are not eligible for compensation:
This includes anything outside the control of the airline, such as terrorism, sabotage, extreme weather conditions or industrial strikes. Your flight must take off from an EU airport or land at an EU airport on an EU carrier to qualify. Claims can be made up to six years from the date of the flight.