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European Airports with most Summer delays revealed

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Over half (53%) of flights delayed at Frankfurt airport in Germany, making it the worst in Europe

Unfortunately, flight delays are becoming an increasingly common occurrence in Europe. In 2023, European flights were delayed by 15 minutes on average.And, according to a recent study2, almost one in 10 (9%) people would rather avoid air travel altogether as a result of ‘airport stress’. 

As we gear up for peak holiday season, which airports are you most likely to be stuck in this summer? 

To help Brits plan ahead and even choose to fly from the airports they’re least likely to be delayed in, the travel experts at eurochange have created an index of the airports with the best, and worst pre-flight experience in Europe. 

Analysing 40 of the busiest airports in Europe, including in the UK, eurochange’s research reveals the airports that are most and least likely to experience delays. 

The research found that, in the UK, holiday-goers are most likely to be delayed at London Gatwick airport, the second busiest airport in the country behind London Heathrow. A huge 43% of flights are delayed from this airport. In 2023, flights were an average of 27 minutes behind schedule from Gatwick.

When it comes to the airports least likely to experience delays, Northern Ireland’s largest airport, Belfast, is the most ‘efficient’ airport in the UK, with 77% of flights departing on time, and just 23% of them being delayed. 

 

The top 10 airports most likely to experience delays in the UK

  1. London Gatwick (43% of flights delayed) 
  2. Edinburgh (38.8% of flights delayed) 
  3. London Heathrow (38.3% of flights delayed) 
  4. Bristol (37% of flights delayed) 
  5. London Stansted (35%) of flights delayed) 
  6. London Luton (32% of flights delayed) 
  7. Birmingham (28% of flights delayed) 
  8. Manchester (28% of flights delayed) 
  9. Glasgow (24% of flights delayed) 
  10. Belfast (23% of flights delayed) 

When it comes to the return leg of a holiday this summer, Frankfurt airport in Germany is the European airport most likely to experience delays, where more than half (53%) of flights are delayed. 

 

Airports in Europe most likely to experience delays

  1. Frankfurt, Germany (53% of flights delayed)
  2. Amsterdam Schiphol, Netherlands (47% of flights delayed) 
  3. Henri Coandă International Airport (47% of flights delayed) 
  4. Stockholm Arlanda, Sweden (46% of flights delayed) 
  5. Charles de Gaulle, Paris, France (44% of flights delayed) 
  6. London Gatwick (43% of flights delayed) 
  7. Lisbon airport, Portugal (42% of flights delayed) 
  8. Munich airport, Germany (41% of flights delayed) 
  9. Edinburgh, UK (38.8% of flights delayed) 
  10. London Heathrow (38.3% of flights delayed) 

Eurochange’s study also looked at the amenities in each of the airports in Europe, to reveal which are the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ to be delayed in, based on the pre-flight experience. 

The study revealed that the ‘best’ airport to be stuck at in Europe is Berlin’s Brandenburg. When it comes to unique attractions, Berlin airport scored particularly highly with its many options for kids, including an entire playground and a special children’s TV corner. There are 45 shops in the airport, and 33 restaurants to choose from. 

Brandenburg even caters to the art lovers amongst us, who should make sure to look up at the ceiling when they check in. Its beautiful Magic Carpet art installation graces the airport ceiling. 

Munich airport closely follows behind Berlin Brandenburg, where the average security wait time is just 5 minutes, and there’s plenty to keep you occupied if you do experience delays. Its ‘unique attractions’ include the world’s first airport brewery, where you can even get a guided tour before you fly home. 

At the bottom of the list is Henri Coandă airport in Bucharest, making it Europe’s most boring airport. With no kids entertainment whatsoever, and an airport lounge ticket costing £40 per person at the Romanian airport, it is the second most expensive in Europe for airport lounge tickets, behind Charles de Gaulle in Paris. 

The 5 worst European airports for pre-flight experience

  1. Henri Coanda International Airport, Bucharest, Romania  
  2. Heraklion International Airport, Crete, Greece
  3. Porto Airport, Porto, Portugal 
  4. Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, Nice, France 
  5. Warsaw Chopin airport, Warsaw, Poland 

Laura Evans-Fisk, head of digital engagement at eurochange comments: “We created this index as we wanted to provide people with a useful resource before deciding where they travel to next in Europe. 

“Although the airport experience isn’t always the most enjoyable, hopefully this research will help people to make more informed decisions about where they might fly to, depending on their circumstances. For example, families with kids may choose to fly somewhere that experiences the least amount of delays, whereas a group of friends might choose to fly from an airport that may experience more delays, but also has the cheapest beer.”

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Fred Olsen wins leisure website of the year at the Growth Awards

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The UK Digital Growth Awards recognise work that is transforming business and revolutionising customer experience

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has been unveiled as the winner of the Travel and Leisure Website of the Year at the UK Digital Growth Awards 2024. The ceremony was held in central London on June 20th, following judging by a panel of experts from across the digital sector.

The UK Digital Growth Awards recognise work that is transforming business, revolutionising customer experience and adding real value. The prize comes after Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines launched its new-look website last year, with extensive work undertaken to streamline the booking process and more opportunities for guests to personalise their cruise experience.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have won the title of Travel and Leisure Website of the Year. It is recognition of our whole team’s effort and dedication to improving the experience of our guests when visiting our website,” says Ben Williams, Head of Digital at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

The judges noted ‘the outcomes achieved by this website were clearly conveyed and impressive, showcasing a direct correlation with the results’ and ‘their end-to-end web redesign project yielded remarkable results’.

They also praised the website’s ‘meticulous audience segmentation and content alignment, effectively attracting and engaging it’s intended visitors’.

The accolade is the second win for the digital project having picked up the Travel Website of the Year title at the UK Dev Awards in February.

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Discover Airlines wins German Brand Award 2024

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The airline, which was previously known under the Eurowings Discover brand, presented its new brand identity to the public on 5 September 2023

The Discover Airlines brand was not even a year old when the leisure airline was presented with the German Brand Award in the main category “Excellence in Brand Strategy & Creation” twice at a festive ceremony in Berlin this Thursday. In the category “B2C Brand Strategy” and in the category “Brand Strategy of the Year”, the rebranding strategy developed with Scholz & Friends impressed the judges. The German Brand Award honors strong and successful brand management in Germany once a year. In the case of Discover Airlines, the focus is on brand strategy, concept and campaign.

“The awards are a highlight for our entire team. We are proud that in less than a year we have succeeded in establishing Discover Airlines as a strong, likeable leisure brand on the market and to charge it with the attributes of quality, joy and ease. People fly with us to the best time of the year, and this should also be reflected in our brand identity. The awards are a wonderful recognition for us and an incentive to continue on our path with the same passion and enthusiasm for strong brands,’ says Maximilian Meintgens, Director Product & Marketing.

The leisure airline, which was previously known under the Eurowings Discover brand, presented its new brand identity to the public on 5 September 2023. The Discover Airlines design is inspired by colors and elements that awaken memories of holidays as well as the desire to travel. The gradient of colors evokes the view from the aircraft window looking toward the horizon or the view of the sea. The blue color scheme also stands for quality and the connection to the Lufthansa Group.

The German Brand Award is an award for successful brand management in Germany. It is initiated by the German Design Council and organized by the German Brand Institute. Every year, a panel of experts from brand management and brand science honors outstanding brand strategies and creative brand management. The award not only promotes the winners, but also their respective industries and enjoys great international resonance.

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Holiday costs rise with every degree of heat

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New Research reveals families could be spending up to £972 per degree of heat when booking their summer holidays | Photo: Natalya Zaritskaya

The price of a family holiday increases by up to £96 for every additional degree of heat in Spain, a study has found. Researchers have calculated how much the price of different holiday destinations rise as the weather warms up in peak season to help families keep costs down.

Looking at the cost of flights from London and accommodation in Benidorm, Spain, for two adults and two teenagers, a week-long trip for four in May when the temperature is 22 degrees will set you back £803 per family for seven days. But this rises to £1,570 in August when the mercury hits 30 degrees – £96 for each extra degree.

Families who opt to travel to their favourite destination outside of peak weather window could be saving an average of £231 for each degree lower in temperature to spend on other aspects of the trip, such as activities with the kids, meals out or shopping.

This doesn’t mean compromising on sun. While a week-long holiday for a family of four in Florida costs £2,100 in May when the thermometer typically reads 29 degrees. But this nearly doubles to £4,043 in August when average temperatures are just two degrees higher at 31 – an additional £972 per degree.

The research was commissioned by Post Office, which also found trips to Cyprus set a family of four back £737 for a milder 24 degrees in May. This ramps up to £1,272, or £89 per degree, for a week in 30 degree heat in July.

Greece is among the more reasonable options, with a family paying around £1,793 for 28 degrees in August, but costs just £1,285 in May at 23 degrees.

It comes after research of 2,000 travellers found four in 10 who are planning a holiday this year intend to go ‘out of season’. Overall cost savings (58 per cent), fewer tourists (51 per cent) and a quieter journey to and from their destination (37 per cent) were among the reasons why. One in ten (11 per cent) have saved over £400 by travelling outside peak season.

It also emerged 42 per cent appreciate the ease of traveling outside of peak times, while 51 per cent relish in peace from a lack of tourists.

Laura Plunkett, Head of Post Office Travel which commissioned the research to mark the launch of its Travel Money Card across all 11,500 branches nationwide, said: “It’s evident from our research that holidaymakers feel warm weather is an important part of the holiday experience, and so are the memories we make while away. It can be increasingly difficult to budget for yearly holidays, especially for those travelling with children who are restricted to peak holiday prices due to the school holidays. However, there are savvy ways to save money on holiday.

“Our research has shown that families can still enjoy hot holidays at a better price point by considering October half term for travel. In fact, a holiday to Cyprus is £321 cheaper in October than August, and still a balmy 25 degrees. Families considering Florida could also save £406 in October, when it is 29 degrees – just two degrees cooler than August.”

Another popular way 77 per cent of travellers have cut back on costs is to fly mid-week, avoiding peak weekend prices.

The study also found 87 per cent of travellers prefer to spend their trips abroad in warmer climates. As many as 85 per cent have either been away already or plan to this year, with Spain (31 per cent), Italy (15 per cent), France (14 per cent) and Greece (14 per cent) among the most popular destinations.

September (18 per cent) is the month adults are more likely to vacation, although August still proves popular for 14 per cent despite being the peak of the summer break.

However, holiday costs could be limiting family travel for many as nearly half (44 per cent) of families feel priced out of travelling during school breaks, with 44 per cent wanting more affordable travel options.

The research, conducted via OnePoll, found the typical adult who travels abroad will budget around £773 for a week-long trip to a country with a typical temperature of 25 degrees.

Laura Plunkett added: “People put a lot of time and effort into making sure they get a great deal on their flights and accommodation, and booking out of season can be a smart way to maximise your holiday experience within your budget.

“However, timely booking is just one way that holidaymakers can save money. It’s important to think carefully about how to get the most out of your spending money as well, which can often be left until the last minute, leaving you exposed to poor rates or unexpected card fees. Keeping an eye on exchange rates and getting your travel money or a pre-paid card when rates are good is another way to maximise the holiday budget.”

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