The worst airline for punctuality was yesterday named as Wizz Air – with planes taking off a median of 23 minutes late.

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The Hungarian agency blamed components together with dangerous winter climate because it got here backside in a desk of the 44 busiest airways working from the UK in 2017.

Norwegian Air Shuttle (21.7 minutes) was the second worst adopted by Vueling Airways and Thomas Prepare dinner Airways (each 21.1 minutes). 

The worst airline for punctuality was yesterday named as Wizz Air – with planes taking off an average of 23 minutes late

The worst airline for punctuality was yesterday named as Wizz Air – with planes taking off an average of 23 minutes late

The worst airline for punctuality was yesterday named as Wizz Air – with planes taking off a median of 23 minutes late

Scandinavian Airways was essentially the most punctual, with jets usually taking off seven minutes not on time. Aer Lingus (9 minutes) was the second greatest adopted by Air France (ten minutes), in response to an evaluation of Civil Aviation Authority information.

The common delay throughout all flights was 15 minutes.

The desk options the 44 airways with at the very least 2,000 scheduled flights from the UK final yr.

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The ten most delayed firms 

  1. Wizz Air, 22.9mins
  2. Norwegian Air Shuttle, 21.7mins
  3. =Vueling Airways, 21.1mins
  4. =Thomas Prepare dinner Airways, 21.1mins
  5. BMI Regional, 21minutes
  6. Aurigny Air Providers, 20.1mins
  7. Norwegian Air Worldwide, 19.3mins
  8. =Eurowings, 19.2mins
  9. =Turkish Airways, 19.2mins
  10. Air Portugal, 19.1mins 

Common delay figures have in mind each flight that operated, together with people who have been on time. Cancelled companies have been excluded.

BA was ninth greatest within the punctuality desk with delays averaging 11 minutes and 30 seconds. Virgin Atlantic was 18th (13.three minutes), Ryanair 24th (15.6 minutes) and EasyJet 33rd (18.2 minutes).

A Wizz Air spokesman mentioned: ‘A lot of points particular to the UK, together with airport infrastructure, airspace congestion and slot restrictions contribute to a considerably worse on-time efficiency of our UK routes in comparison with the remainder of our community.’

She claimed disruption was additionally brought on by ‘notably extreme winter climate’ final yr and added that the airline is taking measures to enhance punctuality, resembling basing eight plane within the UK to cut back publicity to inbound delays. Norwegian Air Shuttle’s UK flights primarily include short-haul companies from Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh.

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Its common delay of 21.7 minutes doesn’t have in mind most of Norwegian’s long-haul flights from the UK, that are operated by a British subsidiary. A Norwegian spokesman mentioned frequent air site visitors management strikes throughout Europe and opposed climate ‘invariably impression punctuality’ and are past the management of airways.

He added: ‘We do all the things potential to make sure that flights function to permit passengers to succeed in their vacation spot as quickly as potential. Norwegian is dedicated to maintain enhancing punctuality.’

Norwegian Air Shuttle (21.7 minutes) was the second worst followed by Vueling Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines (both 21.1 minutes)

Norwegian Air Shuttle (21.7 minutes) was the second worst followed by Vueling Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines (both 21.1 minutes)

Norwegian Air Shuttle (21.7 minutes) was the second worst adopted by Vueling Airways and Thomas Prepare dinner Airways (each 21.1 minutes)

The CAA mentioned punctuality ‘clearly issues to airline passengers’ and it publishes the efficiency of carriers to permit individuals to ‘make knowledgeable selections about which airline to fly with’. Passengers on delayed flights from UK airports are entitled to help and compensation relying on the trigger and size of disruption.

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When flights are delayed for greater than two hours, airways have to supply free entry to cellphone calls or emails, meals and refreshments, in addition to lodge lodging if an in a single day keep is required.

Passengers may also declare compensation when flights are delayed over three hours until there are ‘extraordinary circumstances’ resembling extreme climate or a safety alert. Payouts vary from £223 to £535.

Rory Boland, of Which? Journey, suggested delayed passengers to ‘ensure you make a declare for the compensation that you’re entitled to’. He added: ‘Airways now have to do the correct factor and introduce automated compensation. Passengers shouldn’t have to leap by means of hoops to assert again the cash they’re owed.’

Airline affiliation BAR UK mentioned delays have been ‘extraordinarily expensive’ to firms, which have been working to minimise disruption.



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