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These are the British airports where your flight is most likely to get cancelled

Heed our warning if you don’t want to end up with a staycation in Southampton

Ella Doyle
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Ella Doyle

There aren’t many phrases that can instil horror in the British public. But ‘flight cancellations’ will do it. First we had the Panny D, when we couldn’t go anywhere anyway, and then when we got our flights back, they started getting cancelled left, right and centre. 

Suddenly those cheap flights don’t look so appealing, eh? But fear not, you can heed our warning and brush up on the airlines that are most likely to leave you stranded in terminal two. 

A study by hotel software company HotelTechReport has analysed recent data to find out the UK airports that are the biggest culprits for a cancelled flight or two – and we’ve got the results. 

Coming out top is Southampton Airport, where 5.82 percent of flights were cancelled over the past year – higher than any other UK international airport. It hosted 6,852 flights in total, and 399 of them didn’t take to the skies.

Hot on Southampton’s heels is the runner-up, London City airport, where 3.81 percent of flights were cancelled last year. And here’s the list in full:

  1. Southampton (5.82 percent)
  2. London City (3.81 percent)
  3. Isle Of Man (3.76 percent)
  4. Aberdeen (3.22 percent)
  5. Glasgow (2.51 percent)
  6. Belfast City (2.51 percent)
  7. Heathrow (2.09 percent)
  8. Bristol (1.92 percent)
  9. Jersey (1.78 percent)
  10. Edinburgh (1.64 percent)

Of course, the most cancellations were actually at London’s Heathrow, with a whopping 3,477 in total, but the percentage stayed at an inoffensive 2.09. 

A spokesperson from HotelTechReport said that ‘if your local airport finds itself near the top of this list… it might be a wise idea to travel a little bit further to catch your flight abroad’.

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