Revealed: the airports with the most delays and cancellations right now

Travelling this summer? These are the airports to avoid if you possibly can

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
News Editor, Time Out UK and Time Out London
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Across the world, the aviation industry has itself in a bit of a flap right now: from mountains of lost baggage and mile-long queues to departure boards dominated by delayed and cancelled flights.

The other week we covered the worst airports in Europe right now, but now a new report has come out from flight tracking site FlightAware that reveals the worst airports for delays and cancellations in the entire world. The study uses data from between May 26 and July 19, so it’s one of the most up-to-date aviation reports out there right now.

FlightAware’s report features two lists: one with the airports with the most delays and one with those with the most cancelled flights.

According to FlightAware, the worst airport in the world for delays at the mo is Pearson International in Toronto, which saw a frankly ridiculous 52.5 percent of all flights delayed during the given period. Yep, that’s over half. Pearson was followed by Frankfurt (45.4 percent) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (43.2 percent).

Here is the full list of the top 10 airports with the most delays.

  1. Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada (52.5 percent of flights delayed)
  2. Frankfurt Airport, Germany (45.4 percent)
  3. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, France (43.2 percent)
  4. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Netherlands (41.5 percent)
  5. London Gatwick Airport, UK (41.1 percent)
  6. Heathrow Airport, UK (40.5 percent)
  7. Munich Airport, Germany (40.4 percent)
  8. Athens International Airport, Greece (37.9 percent)
  9. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, Australia (34.2 percent)
  10. Orlando International Airport, USA (33.4 percent)

But what’s even worse than a delayed flight? Answer: a totally cancelled one.

When it comes to cancellations, FlightAware says that the worst offender is Shenzhen Bao’an International in China, which has seen 7.9 percent of all flights cancelled in recent weeks. Second- and third-worst are two airports that serve New York: Newark (7.4 percent) and LaGuardia (7 percent).

And here is the list of the top ten worst airports for cancellations, according to FlightAware. Most are in China or the USA, but Indonesia, Australia and the Netherlands also feature.

  1. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, China (7.9 percent of all flights cancelled)
  2. Newark Liberty International Airport, USA (7.4 percent)
  3. LaGuardia Airport, USA (seven percent)
  4. Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada (6.5 percent)
  5. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia (6.2 percent)
  6. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, Australia (5.9 percent)
  7. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China (5.2 percent)
  8. Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport, USA (5 percent)
  9. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, China (4.6 percent)
  10. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands (3.9 percent)

Definitely worth knowing if you’re flying basically anywhere over the coming months.

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