Worst UK airports for flight delays revealed

By Lisa James
09/05/2023
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Birmingham Airport has come top in the list of UK airports with the longest flight delays for the second year in a row.

The average delay at the airport in 2022 was 30 minutes, according to the PA news agency, which used Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) data to compile the list.

The 30-minute average delay at Birmingham was more than twice long as the previous year, when it was also ranked worst for delays.

Birmingham Airport said it is making improvements, Sky News reports.

A spokesman 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 airports this summer can expect changes to walking routes as we build our £40m new security hall, set to be ready for June 2024.”

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 a 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.”

The full list is:

  • Birmingham (30 minutes)
  • Manchester (29 minutes)
  • Doncaster Sheffield (29 minutes)
  • Luton (28 minutes)
  • Gatwick (27 minutes)
  • Bristol (26 minutes)
  • Cardiff (24 minutes)
  • Edinburgh (24 minutes)
  • Heathrow (22 minutes)
  • Newcastle (21 minutes)
  • Isle of Man (21 minutes)
  • Aberdeen (21 minutes)
  • Leeds Bradford (20 minutes)
  • Southend (20 minutes)
  • Glasgow (19 minutes)
  • Stansted (19 minutes)
  • Southampton (19 minutes)
  • Bournemouth (19 minutes)
  • London City (17 minutes)
  • Jersey (17 minutes)
  • Belfast International (16 minutes)
  • Liverpool John Lennon (15 minutes)
  • Belfast City (15 minutes)
  • Exeter (14 minutes)
  • Teesside (14 minutes)
  • East Midlands (13 minutes)

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