Christmas is traditionally a busy time for UK airports, with people leaving these chilly shores looking for some winter sun or for the opportunity to reunite with friends and family members to celebrate the holidays. However, there was a 1 in 5 chance that your travel plans didn’t run quite as smoothly as you’d hoped for and you were kept waiting in a departure lounge because of a flight delay.
According to research carried out during December in 2015 and 2016, its clear that some UK airports have a better track record than others when it comes to delays and cancellations during the Christmas period.
Manchester airport was identified as the one where you were most likely to suffer a delay. According to the research, passengers at Manchester are five times more likely to be delayed compared to the best performing airport.
Following closely behind Manchester in terms of delays was Gatwick. with the research suggesting that 17 percent of departing flights and 14 percent of inbound flights were delayed.
Top 5 worst airports for flight delays over the Christmas period
Leeds Bradford Airport was named as the airport with the least amount of flight delays in the UK, with just four per cent of its flights delayed.
We hope you’re plans for a relaxing Christmas break didn’t turn into stress fest. We always recommend that you contact the airport before travelling, just to see if any problems have been reported. Of course, if you think that your airline was responsible for any delay you may have suffered, you may be entitled to make a claim for flight delay compensation. The delay has to be of at least 3 hours for you to qualify. Put your flight details into our Claim calculator and you can quickly find out if you’re owed any money.