Scotland airport passengers face extreme flight delays

Passengers at Edinburgh Airport are facing twice as long delays compared to pre-pandemic levels, while short-notice cancellations have tripled at Glasgow Airport, statistics show.

Data revealed that passengers from Edinburgh, Scotland suffered the third worst delays at UK airports in June, which averaged 26 minutes and were more than twice as long as before the pandemic at 116%, against a national average of 71%.

The report by aviation analysis company Cirium showed that cancellations are having a bigger impact on travel, as airlines are operating around a quarter fewer flights than in 2019.

Passengers at Edinburgh Airport are facing twice as long delays compared to pre-pandemic levels, while short-notice cancellations have tripled at Glasgow Airport, statistics show. In this photo, a passenger at Edinburgh Airport looks at canceled flights displayed April 19, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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He said the proportion of flights canceled at short notice (less than three days) had risen to 3% at Glasgow Airport in June, from 1% in June 2019.

In Edinburgh, the figure rose from 0.8% to 2.3%.

Aberdeen’s figure rose from 1.7% to 2.4%.

That of Inverness fell from 2.7% to 2.2%.

However, Scotland fared better than some English airports.

Southampton recorded 6.4% notice cancellations in June, including 6.2% in London City and 4.8% in Bristol.

Gatwick had the highest number of such cancellations, along with some from Easyjet, which accounted for 3.9% of the airport’s flights.

Passenger at Edinburgh Airport in Scotland
Recent data revealed that passengers from Edinburgh, Scotland suffered the third worst delays at UK airports in June. In this photo, a passenger is seen at Edinburgh Airport on December 6, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Heathrow, the UK’s busiest airport, had the second highest number and accounted for 2.2% of the airport’s total flights.

Average departure delays at Edinburgh Airport in June fell to 26 minutes from 12 minutes in June 2019.

The 116% increase compares to an average increase of 71% in the UK.

Glasgow’s average, the fifth highest in the UK, fell from 15 to 21 minutes.

Aberdeen went from eight to 14 minutes, while Inverness went from nine to 12 minutes.

Only Gatwick and Bristol had longer average delays than Edinburgh, 34 and 30 minutes respectively.

Heathrow’s was 25 minutes, while Southampton’s was one minute.

Cirium’s figures were for the UK’s 28 busiest airports, with the data based on flights departing from the UK only.

An Edinburgh Airport spokesperson said the data does not provide context. “The entire aviation industry continues to be impacted by the tumultuous shock caused by COVID…Aviation was one of the first industries to feel the impact of the pandemic and will be one of the last to recover.

“It was subject to some of the strictest restrictions imposed by governments, resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs.

“Given that the restrictions were only lifted at the end of March, it is unrealistic to think that any industry could return to pre-pandemic levels within months.”

A spokesperson for AGS Airports, which owns Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton, said: “What these figures clearly show is that our airports are not experiencing the same level of disruption as elsewhere.

“The industry as a whole has faced a number of challenges which have forced airlines to unfortunately cancel a number of flights.”

Produced in collaboration with SWNS.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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