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The Summer Holidays are about to kick off, with millions of Brits looking forward to enjoying time away. Unfortunately, delays and cancellations look like they will be all too common at airports throughout Europe, not just here in the UK
Chaos at airports
Trying to fly somewhere isn’t a great deal of fun right now. Between increased demand, staff shortages and strikes, delays and cancellations are inevitable.
In an attempt to limit the chaos, airports have been forced to adjust capacity, by limiting the number of flights. This isn’t just a problem in the UK. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, for example, has seen flights from multiple airlines, including KLM and TUI, transferred or cancelled.
European airports with the most delays
Delays are increasing all over Europe and far beyond. Online travel agency Hopper Inc. mapped the European airports with the most delays. This looked at the percentage of delayed flights in the first nine days of July 2022.
In the ‘top ten’ ranking, both Luton Airport and Gatwick Airport do not come out well:
With all the top ten airports suffering delays to more than half their flights, this is clearly a big problem.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed journey, perhaps consider Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) with only 8% delayed flights, or Otopeni Bucharest International Airport (OTP) with 10% delayed flights. Dublin (DUB), Madrid (MAD) and Paris-Orly (ORY) are also doing relatively well too, with 15%, 19% and 21% delays respectively.
As with any statistics like this, the exact results will vary depending on when you take the measurements. Some of the airports listed above may see improvements, while others not listed might struggle later in the season.
The broad point is that flying this summer might well be difficult and it’s important to bear that in mind – plan (wherever possible) accordingly.