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Business News/ News / World/  These 10 Airports saw worst flight disruptions in Europe in June. Check full list here

These 10 Airports saw worst flight disruptions in Europe in June. Check full list here

Airlines in Europe are facing potential travel chaos this summer as passenger numbers return to pre-pandemic levels. London's Gatwick Airport had the highest percentage of disrupted flights in June, while Finland's Helsinki Airport performed the best.

Travelers are going to jam European airports once again in July and August, with passenger numbers returning to or exceeding pre-pandemic levels.Premium
Travelers are going to jam European airports once again in July and August, with passenger numbers returning to or exceeding pre-pandemic levels.

Airlines in Europe are trying to avoid a repeat of last summer’s travel chaos, when strikes and staff shortages were so bad that London’s Heathrow Airport capped passenger numbers and asked airlines to limit ticket sales. 

Now, passenger rights-company AirHelp has analyzed delays of more than 15 minutes and cancelations in June at European airports with 5,000 or more flights in the particular month. As per the company, the worst offender was London’s Gatwick with 54 percent of its flights meeting the company’s criteria for disruption. The airport which ran smoothest was Finland's Helsinki Airport with only 18 percent flights disrupted.

Apart from Gatwick airport, other airports including Lisbon's Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS), Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport and Turkey's Antalya Airport were among the top five Worst European airports which saw flight disruptions.

Report by Bloomberg has stated that the travelers are going to jam European airports once again in July and August as passenger numbers returning to or exceeding pre-pandemic levels.

Earlier in 2019, Amsterdam’s Schiphol saw 36 percent of flights while London's Heathrow, which handled nearly 81 million passengers in 2019, had nearly 40 percent of flights off schedule. 

According to research from travel booking website Hopper, since late April, demand to Europe from US travelers outpaced 2019 growth by as much as 20 percent. Moreover, it added that the prices too are rising, with ticket to Europe from America are the highest in six years.

Spain in particular is seeing a surge of international tourism. It had 8.2 million visitors in May, an 18 percent increase from 2022 and 4 percent more than the same period in 2019, according to the country’s National Institute of Statistics. That’s a record high. So be prepared for long lines at airports—leave extra time on your next jaunt to the Balearics. Good strategies to avoid travel meltdowns include: booking the first flight of the day; traveling on a Tuesday or Wednesday; and flying direct. 

Here are the 10 airports in Europe that currently rank worst on those counts according to AirHelp—along with the 10 that are delivering a smoother summer. 

1.London Gatwick Airport (LGW)54.08% of flights disrupted

2.Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)51.04% of flights disrupted

3.Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (CPH)50.88% of flights disrupted

4.Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)50.60% of flights disrupted

5. Antalya Airport (AYT)47.34% of flights disrupted

6. Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)46.85% of flights disrupted

7. Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO)44.05% of flights disrupted

8. Manchester International Airport (MAN)43.78% of flights disrupted

9. Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP)43.66% of flights disrupted

10. Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)42.99% of flights disrupted

List of European Airports which saw lowest percentage of flight disruptions: 

1.Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) saw 18.33 percent of flights disrupted

2.Dusseldorf International Airport (DUS) saw 22.26 percent of flights disrupted 

3.Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL) saw 23.09 percent of flights disrupted

4.Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) saw 23.35 percent of flights disrupted

5.Vienna International Airport (VIE) saw 27.22 percent of flights disrupted

6.Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD) reported 28.38 percent of flights disruption

7.Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) saw 28.45 percent of flights disrupted

8.Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) 30.54 percent of flights disrupted

9.Istanbul Havalimani Airport (IST) 32.15 percent of flights disrupted

10.Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) 34.17 percent of flights disrupted

(With inputs from Bloomberg)

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Updated: 10 Jul 2023, 03:18 PM IST
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