Worst UK airport for delays revealed – where does your local one rank?

BIRMINGHAM Airport was the worst airport for flight delays for the second year in a row.

departures Last year they were an average of 30 minutes late – twice as long as in 2021.

Birmingham Airport was the worst for flight delays


Birmingham Airport was the worst for flight delaysCredit: Alamy

Doncaster Sheffield, which closed in November, and Manchester were second with 29 minutes, Civil Aviation Authority data showed.

East Midlands was best at just 13 minutes.

A rush for holidays and staff shortages meant airports struggled the most in May and June.

Rory Boland, which one? Travel, said: “A repetition must not be allowed.”

Last year 10.3 million people used Birmingham – the seventh largest.

The airport said it was “running smoothly” this year – the first since 2020 not to have been hit by Covid.

A Birmingham Airport spokesman said: “The start of 2022 has been ravaged by Covid.

“Following the lifting of travel restrictions, the airline industry has struggled to recover.

“This year, the first since 2020 not affected by Covid, our airport is running smoothly and customers are expected to match or exceed pre-pandemic numbers.

“Customers using Birmingham Airport this summer can expect changes in walking routes as we build our new £40m Concourse, due for completion by June 2024.”


  1. Birmingham (30 minutes)
  2. Manchester (29 minutes)
  3. Doncaster Sheffield (29 minutes)
  4. Luton (28 minutes)
  5. Gatwick (27 minutes)
  6. Bristol (26 minutes)
  7. Cardiff (24 minutes)
  8. Edinburgh (24 minutes)
  9. Heathrow (22 minutes)
  10. Newcastle (21 minutes)

Russell Falcon

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