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The 10 Worst Airports For Delays And Cancellations In The World

The 10 Worst Airports For Delays And Cancellations In The World

International borders are open, jet-setting is back and, unfortunately, that means airline delays and cancellations are also a very real problem once again.

Thanks to mass lay-offs of airline staff and years without much in the way of international travel, airports are a little rusty when it comes to punctuality. If you’re about to travel overseas, it’s worth knowing which airports are the worst offenders — and when you could benefit from a longer layover to avoid missing a connecting flight.

According to new data from flight-tracking site FlightAware, we now know which airports had the worst delays and most cancellations between May 26 and July 19.

Sadly, Australia’s own Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney has made the top 10.

Top 10 Airpots For Delays

Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, delays are never fun. But with a little pre-planning, you can at least make sure you’re prepared if your flight is likely to be delayed — a very real possibility, especially if you’re travelling through Toronto.

  1. Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada (52.5 percent of flights delayed)
  2. Frankfurt Airport, Germany (45.4 percent)
  3. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, France (43.2 percent)
  4. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Netherlands (41.5 percent)
  5. London Gatwick Airport, UK (41.1 percent)
  6. Heathrow Airport, UK (40.5 percent)
  7. Munich Airport, Germany (40.4 percent)
  8. Athens International Airport, Greece (37.9 percent)
  9. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, Australia (34.2 percent)
  10. Orlando International Airport, USA (33.4 percent)

Top 10 Airports For Cancellations

While delays are inconvenient, cancellations will put a real dampener on your holiday plans, so it’s worth knowing which airports are the worst offenders for simply scrapping your flight altogether.

China’s Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport ranked worst for cancellations, with 7.9 percent of all scheduled flights never leaving the terminal. But Sydney International Airport wasn’t far behind in spot number 6, with 5.9 percent of flights cancelled — so maybe you won’t be going overseas after all?

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  1. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, China (7.9 percent of all flights cancelled)
  2. Newark Liberty International Airport, USA (7.4 percent)
  3. LaGuardia Airport, USA (seven percent)
  4. Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada (6.5 percent)
  5. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia (6.2 percent)
  6. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, Australia (5.9 percent)
  7. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China (5.2 percent)
  8. Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport, USA (5 percent)
  9. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, China (4.6 percent)
  10. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands (3.9 percent)

Luggage Issues

In addition to cancelled and delayed flights, there’s also the ever-present issue of having your bag left on the other side of the globe — a problem that seems to be more prevalent than ever right now.

According to the American Department of Transport, mishandled baggage reports have increased by almost 50%.

Meanwhile, Qantas claims missing baggage reports have only marginally increased from 5/1000 bags to 7/1000 bags — despite the issue seemingly making headlines more than ever.

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