Lonely Planet Writer

Portugal tops list of holiday flight delays from UK

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.

Travellers at UK airports face delays ever summer with Portugal a particular bad destination for flight either being cancelled or not taking off on time
Travellers at UK airports face delays every summer with Portugal a particular bad destination for flights either being cancelled or not taking off on time Image by Mark Hodson Photos / CC BY 2.0

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%.