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Revealed: the best (and worst airports) in the UK right now

These are the terminals you’ll want to fly from to avoid airport madness

Charmaine Wong
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Charmaine Wong

Ah, airports. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s pretty tough to avoid ‘em. Whether it’s for a short trip within the UK or a long-haul flight, a stress-free airport experience feels like an increasingly rare occurrence. Over the past few years, we’ve all learned a thing or two about planning ahead and travelling smart. But what if travel chaos could be avoided altogether... by simple picking the right airport?

By analysing a number of factors including flight delay times, security queue times and customer satisfaction (ie. Google reviews), online luxury travel agent eShores has revealed the best and the worst airports in the UK. 

The worst airport in the UK for overall efficiency was Manchester Airport. With an average flight delay of almost 28 minutes and the lowest Google review score of 3/5, the northwestern airport beat Luton and Bristol in being the most inefficient. Long security queues also contributed to its poor performance, with travellers waiting in line for an average of 24 minutes. 

For a smoother airport experience, London City Airport was ranked the best airport in the UK for efficiency. It took top spots thanks to shorter security queues (just 12 minutes on average), a 13-minute average flight delay and a high Google review score of 4.1/5.

Here are the top five best UK airports for efficiency, according to eShores. 

  1. London City 
  2. Belfast City
  3. Glasgow
  4. Newcastle
  5. Belfast International

And the five worst airports.

  1. Manchester
  2. Luton
  3. Bristol
  4. Birmingham
  5. Leeds Bradford

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