Flight data has revealed that December is the worst month of the year for flight delays. With over 4 million people from the UK expected to fly over the Christmas period, the number of flight delay compensation claims is set to hit a record high this month.
Last year, an incredible 3.5 million passengers suffered a flight delay of 15 minutes or more in December. Of those 3.5 million, a whopping 96,000 experienced a flight delay of 3 hours or more which would entitle them to delayed flight compensation of around £500! With passenger numbers expected to exceed last year's numbers, the number of people experiencing a delay of 3 hours or more is predicted to break the 100,000 barrier for the first time.
Last year, Gatwick Airport was the worst offender in December for flight delays as a proportion of all flights, with Bristol second and Liverpool's John Lennon airport third. Gatwick alone had over 23,000 passenger journeys delayed by 3 hours or more. Unfortunately, with just one runway, Gatwick often suffers from any delays with passengers suffering knock on effects. Only one small incident can spark a chain reaction of delays across numerous flights, particularly at busy times like the Christmas Period.
Remember, if you do suffer a flight delay of 3 hours or more, you can use our easy claims calculator to check if you can claim up to £545 from the airline. It only takes 1 minute!