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Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016
According to new research, travellers in the UK might face flight delays at Gatwick. The flight services from the London airport between January 2015 and March this year were on average 18 minutes late as per the study and flights from Luton, in second, were just over 14 minutes behind schedule. Manchester has been ranked third with an average of 14 minutes of delay.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) analysed the data and revealed that Heathrow, Gatwick’s rival and the UK’s busiest airport, ranked fifth, with an average delay of 13 minutes. The study also found the most delayed flights. A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) service from Manchester to New York’s John F Kennedy airport was late on eight out of 10 recorded flights in 2015. Another Turkmenistan Airlines recorded weird number of delays, with passengers waiting on average 70 minutes after the scheduled departure time.
The average delay for all airlines was 15 minutes across the board. Of the many factors, that affect the airport’s performance over the period, air traffic controller strikes is one of them. A spokesperson for Gatwick said that Gatwick has more flights to Europe compared to any other UK airport. This is why the flights be impacted disproportionately by events on the continent. Pakistan International Airlines and Turkmenistan Airlines occupied four of the five top spots, with Jet2.com services to Chambéry, France, in fifth and sixth.
Figures from the CAA showed that Turkmenistan Airlines had the longest delay per flight, with 70 minutes, followed by Pakistan International Airlines (50 minutes) and Air Algerie (42 minutes). No UK airline was in the top 10.
Flight delays can be an expensive affair for airlines. This is because, under EU regulations, passengers are entitled to compensation if delayed by more than three hours. Those flying short-haul would be able to recoup €250 (£210), while long haul passengers are entitled to €300 (£250) for a flight delayed by up to four hours and €600 (£510) for more than four hours.
CAA reported that a record number of 257 million passengers used UK airports in 2015 and it is the responsibility of airline, airports and air traffic control to work together to improve punctuality.