Edinburgh Airport: Edinburgh in top 10 worst airports in UK for flight cancellations, study finds

Edinburgh Airport is in the top 10 UK airports where it’s most likely your flight will get cancelled, new research has revealed.

A study which analysed a recent data release from the Civil Aviation Authority looked at the number of flights, cancellations and average delays for UK international airports between January and June to find which airport is performing worst for cancellations so far this year.

Edinburgh saw 628 cancellations and an average delay time of 16.93 minutes – making it 10th worst in the UK. The flights delayed represent 1.64 per cent of the total more than 38,000 flights.

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Southampton Airport had the most flights cancelled, the study found, with London City second and Isle of Man third. Glasgow was fifth, with 644 flights cancelled and an average wait of 15.2 minutes.

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For many, this year marked the first trip abroad since 2020 but airlines such as easyJet and British Airways were forced to cancel hundreds of flights in the recent months, impacting trips to and from Edinburgh Airport.

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But, after Covid-19 restrictions were entirely lifted, the year has been marked by widespread disruptions, including long queues, cancelled flights and baggage delays.

Passengers flying from Edinburgh Airport suffered the third worst UK delays in June, which averaged 26 minutes and were more than twice as long as pre-pandemic.

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Previous reports showed cancellations are having a greater impact on travel because airlines are operating around one quarter flights than in 2019, while operators struggled to cope with a shortage of ground staff and a massive increase in travellers.

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Edinburgh Airport is not responsible for flight cancellations or delays and affected passengers should get in touch with the respective airlines.

A spokesperson from HotelTechReport, which conducted the study, said: “If your local airport finds itself near the top of this list, combined with all the continued cancellations this year, it might be a wise idea to travel a little bit further to catch your flight abroad or even make plans for your ideal staycation later this year or into 2023.

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"Even looking at where you can expect delays is useful to help you prepare your itinerary with more factors in mind.”