The worst airports for delays to your Christmas travels in December

Christmas is arguably the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you fly home to see your friends and family, in wish of spending the Christmas time with your loved ones! However, that precious holiday time can easily be ruined if your flight is delayed and you're stuck at the airport. Therefore, we have done some research and created a list of the worst airports in the UK for flight delays over the Christmas period. If you want to get home on-time avoid these airports at all costs!


Why are flights delayed over Christmas?


Look outside! Is the weather grey, miserable, rainy or maybe foggy? Those are all conditions that may cause delays to your flight. Sometimes, the weather makes it unsafe for an aircraft to operate, therefore delaying your schedule. Additionally, Christmas is a busy time of year. Everyone is somehow travelling somewhere to be with their loved ones over the festive period and because of this mass of people travelling there is always chaos at airports. In 2018, between 4-7 million UK passengers travelled home for Christmas during the festive period, according to ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents).


But, sometimes its simply down to the airport you are scheduled to fly from!


What are the worst airports for flight delays over Christmas?


On our hunt to find the worst delayed airports in the UK we used data that was collected by based on flights from the 2018 Christmas period.

Surprisingly, we expected Gatwick and Heathrow Airport to fill both rank 1 and 2. What we actually discovered were actually London Luton and Stansted Airport. In 2018 Luton Airport encountered delays to 1622 flights out of 4057. At Stansted Airport 2530 flights were delayed out of 6325 scheduled flights for December.

Bristol Airport followed in a close tie, with 34% of its flight schedule for December affected by delays.


What airports are delayed over the month of December?


On third place amongst the rank of the worst delayed airports in the UK during Christmas time, is Manchester Airport. In December 2018, according to 31% of all flights were delayed. What was surprising was that the largest airports in the UK, London-Heathrow Airport as well as Gatwick Airport, only ranked on 4th and 5th place. Considering the large number of arrivals and departures from various numbers of international destinations, the two airports could be said to perform better than expected under the pressure and increase of passenger numbers during the holiday season.


Other airports included in the data by are Leeds Airport, Newcastle Airport, London City Airport, Glasgow Airport, Birmingham Airport and others.


How bad are flight delays at other UK airports?


At London City Airport flight delays occurred to about 27% of all flights in December 2018. This affected 769 flights out of 2848 that were initially scheduled. Airports in the north of England, were delayed significantly less. For example, Glasgow Airport tackled 691 delayed flights out of 2764 and Newcastle Airport tackled 198 out of 1167 scheduled flights. The airport the experienced the smallest number of flight disruptions in form of delays was Liverpool Airport at which only 14% of scheduled flights for December were delayed which specifically affected 183 flights out of 1311.


What is the best airport to fly from during December?

Delays at Christmas

If you really want to avoid delays at all costs then we recommend flying from Liverpool Airport. The northern airport offers flights to a number of international departures. If you are planning to fly home to somewhere more local, within the UK then can recommend flying from Newcastle Airport which statistically only has a slightly larger chance of delays and which offers more flights to all over the UK.


Was your flight delayed or cancelled? can help you claim compensation


Your passenger rights are protected by Regulation EC No 261/2004. According to the legislation, an airline has to pay its passengers compensation if their flight has been delayed for more than three hours, cancelled or overbooked. Depending on the exact circumstances, the compensation can range from £220.00 up to £528.00 per passenger.


However, airlines tend to make claiming as difficult as it can be. Carriers will try to avoid paying compensation. Filing a claim on your own requires knowing your rights, being sure that the flight is eligible and back and forth communication with the airline. If you would prefer not to waste your time and test your patience, just let us know as we would be more than happy to assist you herewith. With an elaborate database on actual flight schedules and weather conditions, years of experience and a 98% success rate in court, we're more than well equipped to take on your claim. Did we forget to mention our no win, no fee structure? If we need to take your case further to court, we'll take on all of the risk and legal fees. Only if you get paid will we charge a 25% success fee.



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