Gatwick passengers wait the longest for baggage, Manchester best

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Manchester Airport has the shortest baggage carousel waiting time while Gatwick has the longest according to a study by SendmyBag.com.

The research revealed which airports in the UK have the longest and shortest waiting times for luggage at the baggage carousels.

Manchester Airport, Birmingham Airport and London City Airport topped the list of airports considered to have the shortest waiting times for luggage, whilst London Gatwick was revealed to be the slowest based on travellers' experiences.

2,651 Britons aged 18 and over from around the UK, all of whom had been through the arrivals process in at least one UK airport within the past 12 months, were quizzed about their experiences at baggage carousels.

All respondents taking part said that they had checked in luggage and had gone straight to the baggage carousel after going through passport control, as opposed to stopping for a toilet break.

The results revealed that the average wait time from arriving at the baggage carousel to the bags coming through was 21 minutes.

The top 5 airports with the shortest baggage carousel waiting times, according to travellers' experiences, were as follows:

1. Manchester Airport – 16 minutes 15 seconds
2. Birmingham Airport – 17 minutes 49 seconds
3. London City Airport – 18 minutes 13 seconds
4. East Midlands Airport – 18 minutes 52 seconds
5. Aberdeen Airport – 19 minutes 33 seconds

The top 5 airports with the longest baggage carousel waiting times within the UK, according to travellers' experiences, were revealed to be as follows:

1. London Gatwick Airport – 33 minutes 21 seconds
2. Edinburgh Airport – 31 minutes 47 seconds
3. London Heathrow Airport – 29 minutes 29 seconds
4. Liverpool John Lennon Airport – 28 minutes 51 seconds
5. Bristol Airport – 27 minutes 02 seconds

Baggage carousels aside, 33% of respondents cited 'security/customs' as the most time consuming aspect of the airport experience in the UK, followed by 'check in' (27%) and 'boarding' (21%).

What about you? What do you think the most time consuming aspect of travelling via an airport is? Let us know in the comments below.

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