The good news is that if you are flying to Greece on holidays from the UK this summer, you are most likely to leave on time – the bad news is that if it is Portugal you have booked, you stand a more than even chance of facing delays.
New research has found that 51% of flights from Britain to that country last year were either delayed or cancelled between June and August. France came next on the flight delay list with 45% of services failing to take off on time.
Spain fared considerably better although over one-in-three flights (37%) faced disruption in time schedules with Turkey slightly ahead with a 33% rate of delays.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Egypt emerged as second best on 19% among the six most popular holiday destination places with Greece the clear winner with only 14% of flights failing to make punctual departures.
The research was compiled by flightright.co.uk, a website that looks after airline passenger compensation. Its data also compared the performance of airports and reported that the two situated in Istanbul – Sabiha Cocken and Ataturk – and Nice in France as bottom of the pile for delays during the summer of 2014. They recorded a 64% delay rate on inbound flights. Lisbon fared only slightly better with a 61% registering of late or cancelled arrivals.
In terms of British airports, travellers from Heathrow emerged as the most likely to suffer delays with a 54% rate, with Gatwick on 40% and Manchester on 29%.