AEA’s survey of its members’ punctuality at 27 major airports identifies London Heathrow as the most affected, with 44.1% of European departures subject to delays of 15 minutes or more – substantially higher than second-place Dublin with 33.0%, followed by Helsinki, Geneva and Frankfurt – all three of which are customarily to be found in the lower half of the delay table.
This surely comes as a huge surprise to all of us. Not really. Heathrow has long been troubled by lengthy delays many caused by its limited number of runways and overall capacity problems. According to the report 15.3 per cent of outgoing flights delays were caused by problems with airport and air traffic control, while a further 11.1 per cent was blamed on loading and handling issues.
This news couldn’t have come at a worse time for BAA, the owner of Heathrow airport as the Daily Mail writes
The latest figures will add further pressure on the Government to end BAA’s much-criticised monopoly on London’s major airports.
The least affected airport, according to the report, was Munich airport which we already featured in the top 10 most punctual airports worldwide.