A flight delay is one of the worst-possible starts to a holiday.
But, according to new research, a passenger’s choice of airline can significantly impact their probability of a punctual take-off.
According to consumer champions Which?, who studied 850,000 inbound flights across 35 airlines at 25 UK airports, there’s a trio of worst-offenders who are repeatedly tardy on the tarmac.
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Take-off to a bad start: Only 55 per cent of Air Transat’s inbound flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time, putting them bottom of the table
Air Transat, Icelandair and Norwegian have all been identified as the commercial carriers most likely to land late.
Only 55 per cent of Air Transat’s inbound flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time, putting them bottom of the table.
Icelandair saw 56 per cent of flights arrive on time, making them second-worst, while the best of a bad bunch was Norwegian, with 60 per cent.
Transat said that the data does not take into account delays caused by factors beyond their control, such as the weather or air traffic control.
It said that excluding those factors, 78.02% of their flights would arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.
Meawnhile, Icelandair said: ‘We had a difficult spell early last summer, due to ATC strikes and KEF [Keflavík] airport renovations, and despite improved OTP [on time performance] for the rest of the year it unfortunately affects our overall record.’
MailOnline has also contacted representatives for Norwegian, but are yet to receive a response.
Behind schedule: Which? surveyed 850,000 inbound flights across 35 airlines at 25 UK airports, finding that Icelandair was the second-worst for punctual arrivals
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