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The worse and best airlines for flight delays from the UK revealed

Simon Calder’s Travel

The worst airlines for UK flight dealys have been revealed in a major new study.

The analysis took into account all scheduled and chartered departures from UK airports by airlines operating more than 2,500 flights. Cancelled flights were not included.

The average delay for all these flights was 20 minutes and 42 seconds, down from 23 minutes in 2022.

Wizz Air was ranked the worst airline, despite a surge in fares.

The low-cost carrier’s departures from UK airports were an average of 31 minutes and 36 seconds behind schedule in 2023, according to analysis of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) data by the PA news agency.

This was a reduction of nearly a third compared with 2022, but means the airline recorded the worst punctuality for UK flights for three consecutive years.

Wizz Air said it has made “significant improvements” but acknowledged there is “still work to be done”.

Turkish Airlines recorded the second worst punctuality last year, with an average delay of 28 minutes and 36 seconds.

This was followed by Tui (28 minutes and 24 seconds), Air India (28 minutes and 12 seconds) and Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines (25 minutes and six seconds).

The full ranking of airlines based on UK flight punctuality in 2023

Airlines are ordered from the longest average delay per departing flight to the shortest (duration in brackets).

1. Wizz Air (31 minutes and 36 seconds)

2. Turkish Airlines (28 minutes and 36 seconds)

3. Tui (28 minutes and 24 seconds)

4. Air India (28 minutes and 12 seconds)

5. Pegasus Airlines (25 minutes and six seconds)

6. Air Portugal (23 minutes and 48 seconds)

7. Vueling Airlines (23 minutes and six seconds)

8. Swiss Airlines (22 minutes and 48 seconds)

9. Air Canada (22 minutes and six seconds)

10. British Airways (21 minutes and 36 seconds)

11. EasyJet (21 minutes and 30 seconds)

12. Aurigny Air Services (20 minutes and 48 seconds)

13. Stobart Air (20 minutes and 42 seconds)

14. Ryanair (19 minutes and 54 seconds)

15. Loganair (19 minutes and six seconds)

16. American Airlines (18 minutes and 48 seconds)

17. Eastern Airways (18 minutes and 42 seconds)

18. Air France (18 minutes and 36 seconds)

=19. Emirates (18 minutes and 30 seconds)

=19. Lufthansa (18 minutes and 30 seconds)

21. Eurowings (17 minutes and 54 seconds)

=22. (17 minutes and 48 seconds)

=22. Norwegian Air (17 minutes and 48 seconds)

24. Aer Lingus (17 minutes…

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