December 1, 2023

CAA data shows worst UK airports for flight delays

Flights at Birmingham, Manchester and Doncaster Sheffield airports suffered the longest delays last year, according to CAA data.

The average delay of 30 minutes at Birmingham Airport in 2022 was more than twice as long as in 2021, when it was also ranked the worst UK airport for delays.

A spokesman for the airport told PA Media the start of 2022 was “devastated” by Covid.

“After travel restrictions were lifted, the aviation industry fought hard to recover,” said the spokesman.

“This year, the first since 2020 not impacted by Covid, our airport is running smoothly with customers set to equal or exceed pre-pandemic numbers.”

A new £40 million security hall is currently being developed and is set to open fully in June 2024.

CAA Head of Consumer Anna Bowles said: “Our data tells us that too many passengers faced disappointing levels of delays across UK airports last year.

“It is important consumers experience a high-quality service from both airlines and airports this year.

“We expect airlines to proactively provide passengers with information about their rights when flights are disrupted.”

The analysis of CAA took into account both scheduled and chartered departures. Cancelled flights were not included.

Here’s how UK airports performed in 2022:

  • Birmingham (30 minutes)
  • Manchester (29 minutes)
  • Doncaster Sheffield (29 minutes)
  • Luton (28 minutes)
  • Gatwick (27 minutes)
  • Bristol (26 minutes)
  • Cardiff (24 minutes)
  • Edinburgh (24 minutes)
  • Heathrow (22 minutes)
  • Newcastle (21 minutes)
  • Isle of Man (21 minutes)
  • Aberdeen (21 minutes)
  • Leeds Bradford (20 minutes)
  • Southend (20 minutes)
  • Glasgow (19 minutes)
  • Stansted (19 minutes)
  • Southampton (19 minutes)
  • Bournemouth (19 minutes)
  • London City (17 minutes)
  • Jersey (17 minutes)
  • Belfast International (16 minutes)
  • Liverpool John Lennon (15 minutes)
  • Belfast City (15 minutes)
  • Exeter (14 minutes)
  • Teesside (14 minutes)
  • East Midlands (13 minutes)