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Europe's 50 most disrupted flight routes revealed

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  • Three quarters of flights from Mykonos to London Gatwick suffer delays, making it the most disrupted flight route in Europe
  • Flight departures and arrivals via UK airports are more likely to suffer delays and cancellations than in any other European country
  • UK’s most disrupted departure route is London Gatwick to Bucharest Henri Coanda
  • New study reveals 50 most disrupted flight routes in Europe

 

LONDON, 12 DECEMBER 2018: Mykonos to London Gatwick is revealed as the most disrupted flight route in Europe, with 75% of all flights this year suffering delays. A popular destination for British holidaymakers, this route is ranked at number one in ‘Europe’s 50 Most Disrupted Flight Routes’, a new study of global flight data throughout 2018 by AirHelp.

Nearly three quarters (72%) of air passengers flying from Gatwick to Bucharest this year would also have endured flight delays or cancellations, with the route placed 4th worst in the European ranking. This route is closely followed by flights from Venice to London Luton at 6th place, with more than two thirds (68%) of travellers experiencing disrupted flights in 2018.

Passengers travelling via UK airports are more likely to suffer delays and cancellations than any other European air travellers, with UK airports featuring in 25 of the 50 worst European flight routes. Those flying to or from Italian or German airports are also likely to endure travel chaos – Italian airports feature in 24 routes and German airports in 18 routes.

5 MOST DISRUPTED FLIGHTS ROUTES – UK DEPARTURES ONLY

Sunseekers heading for popular European holiday resorts in Ibiza, Turkey and Portugal are among the most delayed air passengers in Europe. Over half of these passengers departing from the UK (at least 58%) have suffered delays or cancellations.

 

Top 50 ranking Departure Airport Arrival Airport % disrupted flights*
4 London Gatwick Bucharest Henri Coanda 71.60%
21 London Luton Apt Ibiza 62.20%
27 London Gatwick Cork International 60.89%
32 Manchester International Istanbul Ataturk 59.12%
35 London City Lisbon 58.22%

*% of total flights cancelled or delayed over 15 minutes 1.1.18 to 9.10.18

5 MOST DISRUPTED FLIGHTS ROUTES – UK ARRIVALS ONLY

Travellers returning to the UK from Greek beaches, Venetian canals or Swiss ski slopes are the most likely to suffer from delays or cancellations, adding to the unwanted holiday blues.

Top 50 ranking Departure Airport Arrival Airport % disrupted flights*
1 Mykonos London Gatwick 75.21%
6 Venice Marco Polo London Luton 68.27%
20 Basel Manchester International 62.25%
22 Munich International London Luton 62.08%
28 Prague Ruzyne Bristol International 60.48%

*% of total flights cancelled or delayed over 15 minutes 1.1.18 to 9.10.18

European destinations will still be first choice for many UK holidaymakers but AirHelp flight data analysis reveals some interesting insights and tips for savvy travellers looking to reduce their chances of experiencing flight disruption. Passengers flying on a Tuesday are least likely to suffer delays and cancellations, with 78% of flights arriving at their destinations on time. However, weekend travellers should be prepared for travel misery – more than 1 in 4 flights (29%) are delayed or cancelled on Sundays.

“This year, we’ve seen the worst European flight disruptions on record,” said Paloma Salmeron, air passenger rights expert at AirHelp. “UK air passengers have suffered an unprecedented level of flight disruptions this year, with over 186,000 departing flights delayed or cancelled  to date in 2018 – that’s over 27,000 more UK flights affected than last year.

“With a growing number of delayed and cancelled flights, European air passengers are enduring a rising tide of travel misery. Although it’s not always possible to avoid travel disruption, we urge affected passengers to check whether they are entitled to financial compensation. With 86% of UK air travellers unaware of their air passenger rights, many are missing out on the compensation to which they are entitled by not filing a claim.”

Flight disruptions: Your rights

Flight cancellations, delays and boarding denials may entitle passengers to compensation of up to € 600 per person. This covers all flights departing from the EU, as well as those arriving at an EU airport if operated by a European carrier. Passengers have a legitimate right to compensation if they arrive at their destination more than three hours later than planned and the reason for the delay is deemed to be the airline’s responsibility. The amount of compensation owed is calculated from the length of the route. Affected passengers can claim compensation up to three years after their flight.

Air passengers experiencing delayed or cancelled flights can check their eligibility for compensation at the airport or on-the-go, and make a claim in a matter of minutes through the free AirHelp mobile app, available for iOS and Android.

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Europe’s 50 most disrupted flights routes

(Analysis of European flights routes with more than 200 flights 1st January 2018 – 9th October 2018)

Departure Airport Arrival Airport % disrupted flights8
1 Mykonos London Gatwick 75.21%
2 Lisbon Rome Ciampino 74.26%
3 Lisbon Brussels S. Charleroi 73.99%
4 London Gatwick Bucharest Henri Coanda 71.60%
5 Frankfurt International Pristina International 70.04%
6 Venice Marco Polo London Luton 68.27%
7 Eindhoven Dublin 67.65%
8 Eindhoven Rome Ciampino 67.28%
9 Krakow John Paul Ii – Balice Dublin 66.76%
10 Rome Fiumicino Cologne/Bonn 66.50%
11 Fontanarossa Stuttgart 65.73%
12 Fontanarossa Zurich 65.28%
13 Paris Orly Stockholm Arlanda 64.96%
14 Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Berlin Schoenefeld 64.93%
15 Warsaw Frederic Chopin Zvartnots International 64.66%
16 Zvartnots International Warsaw Frederic Chopin 64.11%
17 Milan Bergamo/orio al Serio Hamburg 63.31%
18 Vienna International Lisbon 63.08%
19 Tbilisi International Warsaw Frederic Chopin 62.90%
20 Basel Manchester International 62.25%
21 London Luton Apt Ibiza 62.20%
22 Munich International London Luton 62.08%
23 Palma de Mallorca Prague Ruzyne 61.93%
24 Cote d’Azur Dublin 61.42%
25 Dublin Eindhoven 61.11%
26 Lisbon Dublin 60.93%
27 London Gatwick Cork International 60.89%
28 Prague Ruzyne Bristol International 60.48%
29 Galileo Galilei London Luton 59.64%
30 Barcelona Cologne/Bonn 59.34%
31 Lyon St-exupery Dublin 59.29%
32 Manchester International Istanbul Ataturk 59.12%
33 Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Cologne/Bonn 58.93%
34 Rome Fiumicino London Luton 58.38%
35 London City Lisbon 58.22%
36 Rome Fiumicino Lisbon 58.14%
37 Liszt Ferenc International London Gatwick Apt 58.02%
38 Cote d’Azur Duesseldorf International 57.92%
39 Brussels Bucharest Henri Coanda 57.62%
40 Paris Charles de Gaulle Belfast International 57.34%
41 Manchester International Liszt Ferenc 57.28%
42 Warsaw Frederic Chopin Lisbon 57.22%
43 Liszt Ferenc International Cologne/Bonn 57.08%
44 Venice Marco Polo Duesseldorf International 57.04%
45 London Gatwick Shannon 56.92%
46 Krakow John Paul II – Balice Paris Charles de Gaulle 56.89%
47 Vienna International London Gatwick 56.77%
48 Frankfurt International Baku Heydar Aliyev International 56.67%
49 Edinburgh Hamburg 56.63%
50 Valencia Duesseldorf International 56.52%

**% of total flights cancelled or delayed over 15 minutes 1.1.18 to 9.10.18

About AirHelp

AirHelp is the world’s leading flight compensation company, helping passengers to understand their rights and get compensation for delayed flights, canceled flights, and instances of denied boarding. Since launching in 2013, AirHelp has helped more than seven million people process airline compensation claims worth almost 800 million euros in total reimbursement. AirHelp has offices across the world, is available in 30 countries, offers support in 16 languages, and employs more than 550 employees globally.

AirHelp methodology

AirHelp’s database of global flight data aggregates multiple data points from a variety of reliable sources such as government agencies, airport databanks, flight-tracking vendors, historical resources and commercial data brokers. AirHelp is therefore able to maintain an accurate, real-time picture of flight disruptions occurring across the globe, the circumstances around these disruptions and the likelihood of further disruptions occurring.