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NEWS: CAA release list of most delayed airlines in the UK

Which airline is the most delayed in the UK?

The Civil Aviation Authority have released new research revealing that Spanish airline Vueling is the least punctual in the UK. Their average delay of 31 minutes puts them bottom of the rankings, which features over 40 airlines that depart from British airports. 


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.  


Sources: CAABuying Business Travel and Which?

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