Research, analysed by Buying Business Travel, showed that the average delay across all surveyed flights was 16 minutes, and business travellers returning to the UK had a one in nine chance of arriving back more than an hour behind schedule.
Cathay Pacific Airways pick up the accolade of most punctual airline, with delays at half the national average.
It might be a case of you get what you pay for – analysis done by Which? shows that low cost airlines performed poorly in comparison with other airlines, including Wizz Air (average delay of 23 minutes) and Ryanair (21 minutes), all of which were significantly more delayed than previous research done in 2014.
2018 saw strikes by air traffic controllers across Europe, which accounts for some of the delays. A spokesperson for Vueling commented that flights to and from Barcelona and the UK “could not fly straight across France” for 22 days during the summer of 2018, meaning planes had to divert away from France, increasing flight times and making delays inevitable.
It isn’t just airlines business travellers need to consider when trying to minimise their chance of a delay, airport choice is important too. Stansted is the UK’s worst-performing airport, with 10% of flights departing over an hour late.