These Are the Worst Airlines for Punctuality in the UK

Jul 15, 2019

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Vueling is the least punctual carrier of the 43 airlines departing from UK airports, according to a Civil Aviation Authority investigation.

On average, the Spanish low-cost carrier’s flights departed a whopping 31 minutes late in 2018 — more than five minutes later than its closest competitor. Vueling is a subsidiary of International Airlines Group (IAG), which also owns British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus.

Vueling has blamed the 22 days of French Air Traffic Control strikes in summer 2018 for its punctuality issues. Longer flight times on its busy routes between the UK and its hub in Barcelona (BCN) contributed to delayed departure times, the airline said.

Following Vueling, the top-five worst airlines for punctuality at UK airports in 2018 were:

  • Thomas Cook (on average, 24 minutes late)
  • Wizz Air (23 minutes)
  • Norwegian Air UK (22 minutes)
  • Eurowings (22 minutes)

The most delayed single route in the United Kingdom in 2018 was found to be Thomas Cook’s service from London Stansted (STN) to Dalaman, Turkey (DLM).

As for the most punctual airline, full-service Oneworld member Cathay Pacific won the accolade, though still recorded an average delay of eight minutes. This was followed by:

  • Delta Air Lines (10 minutes)
  • KLM (10 minutes)
  • Qatar Airways (10 minutes)
  • American Airlines (10 minutes)

British Airways had delays of 12 minutes, on average.

Featured photo courtesy of Stansted Airport.

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