These two UK airports are among the worst in the entire world for delays

A new study by FlightAware has revealed the most chaotic places to travel from

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson
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Chances are, you’ve heard about (and may well have experienced for yourself) the chaos at UK airports. Flights are being delayed and cancelled all over the shop, and bag losses are at a record high. And now we’ve got the data that proves just how dire the whole situation is. 

Flight tracking site FlightAware has revealed the worst airports for delays and cancellations in the entire world. The study uses data from May 26 to July 19, so it’s pretty up to date. And guess what? Two UK airports have made the top ten.

Perhaps unsurprisingly for anyone who has tried to get away this summer, London Gatwick Airport has seen an outrageous 41.1 percent of flights delayed over that time period. That’s closely followed by Heathrow, with 40.5 percent of services delayed. Not good at all. And while there are a few worse offenders – Toronto, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam, we’re looking at you – those odds aren’t great for holidaymakers looking to fly, fly, fly away this summer.

Here are the ten worst airports for delays in the world right now, according to the FlightAware report:

  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)

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