And the UK Airports With the Most Delays Are…

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

A study into punctuality by BBC News has identified the airports you’re most likely to get all riled up and fidgety and prone to sending angry tweets at, with Gatwick being named and shamed as the UK’s worst for flight delays.

Using Civil Aviation Authority data from January 2015 to March 2016, it found that passengers were delayed by an average of 17.8 minutes per flight at Gatwick, compared to 10.8 minutes at Newcastle on the other end of the spectrum.

"We regret any delays our passengers experience however several incidents beyond Gatwick's control influenced the airport's performance during this period, including numerous air traffic control strikes across European airspace, impacting the airport's whole flight schedule including our long haul routes,” said a Gatwick Airport spokesperson. “Gatwick has more flights to Europe than any UK airport and can therefore be impacted disproportionately by events on the continent."

The worst airline for delays over the same period was Turkmenistan Airlines, with an average delay of 70.2 minutes per flight, while a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Manchester to New York's John F Kennedy Airport was the worst affected individual flight, being delayed on 8/10 recorded flights in 2015 by an average of 88 minutes.

And here’s the league table of airports you’ve been waiting for, alongside average delays per flight:

  • Gatwick 17.8 minutes
  • Luton 14.4 minutes
  • Manchester 13.9 minutes
  • Glasgow 13.8 minutes
  • Heathrow 13 minutes
  • Edinburgh 11.8 minutes
  • Bristol 11.7 minutes
  • Stansted 11.5 minutes
  • Birmingham 10.9 minutes
  • Newcastle 10.8 minutes