This is the UK airport where you can expect the most delays

The average delay per flight was higher at this airport than any other in the country.


Departure lounge, Gatwick airport, UK

We've all been there: you arrive for a flight in good time, only to spend what feels like eons sat in the departures lounge eating over-priced airport snacks.

But which UK airport do you reckon is the worst offender for flight delays? Well, according to new data, it's *drum roll*... London Gatwick.

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The average delay per flight was higher at the West Sussex airport than any other in the country.

Information from the Civil Aviation Authority analysed by the BBC showed that from January 2015 to March 2016, passengers were delayed by an average of 18 minutes at Gatwick.

By comparison, the average delay was around 14 minutes at Luton, Manchester and Glasgow – and 13 at Heathrow.

The flight in the UK most troubled by delays was a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Manchester to New York's John F Kennedy Airport – it was late on eight out of 10 recorded flights in 2015 and delayed by an average of 88 minutes.

man wheels suitcase through airport

A spokeswoman for Gatwick Airport told the BBC: "We regret any delays our passengers experience; however several incidents beyond Gatwick's control influenced the airport's performance during this period, including numerous air traffic control strikes across European airspace, impacting the airport's whole flight schedule including our long haul routes.

"Gatwick has more flights to Europe than any UK airport and can therefore be impacted disproportionately by events on the continent."

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