Ryanair and Easyjet Have Somehow Got Worse Over the Past 5 Years, According to Which?

By Shabana Arif on at

Another look at flight delays in British airports shows what a shitshow some of these airline are running, and unsurprisingly, Ryanair and Easyjet are at the top of the shit list.

Last month, the PA news agency discovered that Vueling, Thomas Cook, and Wizz Air were the worst for delays, averaging 30 minute, 24 minute, and 23 minute delays respectively. The latest bout of research comes via Which? and reveals that the instances of hour-long delays from Ryanair and Easyjet have doubled over the past five years.

Ryanair was the worst of the bunch when it came to a decline in any attempt at being on time, going from hour-long delays on just three per cent of its flights in 2014, to almost eight per cent last year. When it comes to delays in general, Thomas Cook rears its head again, with delays on over 11.5 per cent of its flight. The best of the bunch was Dutch airline KLM.

Unsurprisingly, the budget airlines blamed everything but their own service, citing factors like extreme weather, air traffic control delays, and strikes, which inexplicably failed to affect any other airline to the same extent. Weird.

Luckily for them, no compensation was owed in the majority of these instances, as that only kicks in after three hours of sitting around waiting for a plane with a thumb up your arse.

"It is unacceptable for passengers to be regularly inconvenienced with delays that can leave them hundreds of pounds out of pocket when they miss connections or transfers, are fined for picking up their hire car late or miss their train or cab home," said Naomi Leach from Which? Travel.

When it comes to airports, Stanstead is the worst with 10 per cent of its flights leaving after being delayed for an hour or longer, and Heathrow was the best with that figure sitting at just 4 per cent.

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