The best and worst airports and airlines for delays now

Anyone taking a trip to Europe this summer could do worse than pay attention to where delays and blockages are occurring. New data shows some of the best and worst offenders for early July. If there is an option, it might be a good idea to change direction and head to some of the best airports listed here.

The worst airports for delays/cancellations in early July

Hopper Inc is an online travel agency that uses big data from the Official Aviation Guide, a leading provider of digital flight information and analysis for airports.

Recently released data from Hopper provides an up-to-date guide to the worst airports in Europe right now, as reported Bloomberg:

  1. Brussels Airport (BRU), Belgium—72% delayed, 2.5% canceled
  2. Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), Germany — 68% delayed, 7.8% canceled
  3. Eindhoven Airport (EIN), Netherlands—67% delayed, 1.8% canceled
  4. Luton Airport (LTN), UK — 66% delayed, 2.7% canceled
  5. Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD), Hungary — 65% delayed, 2.1% canceled
  6. Lisbon Airport (LIS), Portugal—65% delayed, 4.8% canceled
  7. Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG), France — 62% delayed, 3.1% canceled
  8. Schiphol Airport (AMS), Netherlands — 61% delayed, 5.2% canceled
  9. Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE), France—60% delayed, 3.4% canceled
  10. Gatwick Airport (LGW), UK — 59% delayed, 1.4% canceled

The statistics were taken from July 1-9 and provide an absolute picture of flights, not relative. For example, Heathrow is not on the list, although its delays may have had a significant impact on more travelers despite not being as long or onerous.

The best airports for delays/cancellations in early July

And in turn, the best airports can also be identified, using the same data from Hopper:

  1. Bergamo/Orio al Serio Airport (BGY), Italy—3% delayed, 1.0% canceled
  2. Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), Spain—8% delayed, 0.3% canceled
  3. Otopeni International Airport (OTP), Bucharest, Romania — 10% delayed, 1.7% canceled
  4. Dublin International Airport (DUB), Ireland — 15% delayed, 1.6% canceled
  5. Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), Catania, Italy—16% delayed, 1.1% canceled
  6. Adolfo Suarez-Barajas Airport (MAD), Madrid, Spain — 19% delay, 0.4% cancellation
  7. Alicante Airport (ALC), Spain—20% delayed, 3.4% canceled
  8. Marseille Airport (MRS), France—20% delayed, 2.0% canceled
  9. Orly Field (ORY), Paris, France — 21% delay, 1.2% cancellation
  10. Malaga Airport (AGP), Spain—24% delayed, 3.3% canceled

Looking at the data, it is clear that it might be wise, if there is still time, to choose some of the less fashionable French airports, such as Marseille and Orly in Paris, rather than those such as Nice (9th worst) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (7th worst).

The top ten airlines for cancellations in Europe

Data from Mabrian, the travel intelligence platform, provides an overview of the top ten airlines for flight cancellations currently in Europe:

  1. easyJet
  2. Turkish Airlines
  3. Scandinavian airlines
  4. Wizz Air
  5. Vueling
  6. TUI fly
  7. Wizz France
  8. United
  9. Air Europe
  10. Saudi Arabia

It should be noted that this does not provide the complete picture. easyJet operates far more flights than any other of these carriers and therefore cancels fewer flights, if taken as a percentage of their capacity (5.5% of its flights).

Tips for Easing Travel Chaos

There are several things to ensure as little disruption as possible: fly as early in the day as possible, leave a buffer day for connecting connections, and be/stay flexible to get there and back. Experts have also warned that it’s best not to travel with checked baggage this summer, if possible.

Above all, buy good travel insurance for expensive trips. Hopper has seen a 31% increase in the number of travelers adding a flight disruption guarantee to their bookings in recent weeks. In the event of a disruption, travelers can book immediately on ANY carrier and catch the next flight for free, or receive a refund.

A list of current travel restrictions in Europe due to Covid-19 can be found here.

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