Lonely Planet Writer

The longest flight delays for travellers coming back to the UK have been revealed

As the end of the summer holidays draws near, a report outlining the longest flight delays for people coming back to the UK from abroad has been revealed. The analysis was made by the BBC’s data journalism team, and is based on data collected by the Civil Aviation Authority for all flights from, or to, UK airports during June to August 2015 and 2016.

The longest flight delays for people coming back to the UK have been revealed. Image: PhotoAlto/Thierry Foulon

The results indicated that the worst delays were experienced by those travelling back from Rome Fiumicino Airport, followed by Venice, Nice and Barcelona. The other top ten entrants were London Gatwick, Milan Malpensa, Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Belfast International and Ibiza. The findings revealed that six of the 50 airports with the most flights back to the UK had typical delays of more than 25 minutes, and this includes internal flights from London Gatwick.

The longest flight delays for people coming back to the UK have been revealed. Image: Blend Images – John Lund/Marc Romanelli

A second chart compiled by the researchers looks at less frequently flown routes, and it finds that flights to UK airports from Kingston, Jamaica, had the longest average delay, clocking in at almost 53 minutes. When it came to specific routes, travellers flying from Keflavik airport in Iceland to Glasgow saw the longest average delay of 55 minutes, followed by Malaga to Heathrow (54 minutes) and Kingston to Gatwick (53 minutes).

The longest flight delays for people coming back to the UK have been revealed. Image: Marc Fluri

When it came to the 50 busiest airports for flights to the UK, the worst delays experienced were from Barcelona to Gatwick (31 minutes). This was closely followed by Chicago O’Hare Airport to Heathrow (30 minutes) and Palma de Mallorca Airport to Gatwick (30 minutes).  You can see the full BBC analysis here, and remember to bring something to help pass the time if you are planning to travel from any of the airports or on any of the routes featured.