Europe airlines and airports are facing one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century for the air travel industry, that of being unable to meet travel demand due to a lack of workers.
Throughout the last two and a half years, airports and airlines were forced to lay off a large share of their workers after travel was put to a halt nearly completely as a result of the Coronavirus travel restrictions imposed by countries worldwide, including here the European nations.
Now that travel restrictions have been lifted almost entirely, these airports and airlines are facing the problem of providing the needed service to travelers due to the insufficient number of workers, VisaGuide.World reports.
Thousands of flights are being delayed and hundreds canceled daily in Europe, leaving many stuck at airports or holiday destinations.
Hopper Inc, a Goldman-backed online travel agency, has released a report that includes a list of the top ten airports where the highest number of delayed flights takes place, as well as a list of the top ten European airports with the lowest number of delayed departure flights.
“Airlines have struggled to service scheduled flights on time, or at all, as they cope with staffing shortages on the ground and in-flight. Airports have struggled with staffing shortages which have left passengers in hours-long lines for security checkpoints and customer service,” the report notes.
If further points out that in July, the top three airports with the highest number of delayed flights are Brussels (BRU), Frankfurt (FRA), and Eindhoven (EIN), as follows:
- Brussels Airport (BRU), Brussels, Belgium – 72 percent delayed, 2.5 percent canceled
- Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), Frankfurt, Germany – 68 percent delayed, 7.8 percent canceled
- Eindhoven Airport (EIN), Eindhoven, Netherlands – 67 percent delayed, 1.8 percent canceled
- Luton Airport (LTN), London, United Kingdom – 66 percent delayed, 2.7 percent canceled
- Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD), Budapest, Hungary – 65 percent delayed, 2.1 percent canceled
- Lisbon Airport (LIS), Lisbon, Portugal – 65 percent delayed, 4.8 percent canceled
- Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG), Paris, France – 62 percent delayed, 3.1 percent canceled
- Schiphol Airport (AMS), Amsterdam, Netherlands – 61 percent delayed, 5.2 percent canceled
- Cote D’Azur Airport (NCE), Nice, France – 60 percent delayed, 3.4 percent canceled
- Gatwick Airport (LGW), London, United Kingdom – 59 percent delayed, 1.4 percent canceled
Which Are Europe’s Top 10 Airports With Lowest Number of Flight Delays This July & How to Avoid Crowds?
Aside from the list of worst airports for flight delays, Hopper Inc has also published the list of best airports, as well as given some tips on how to avoid crowded airports and lower the chances of having a flight delayed.
According to Hopper Inc, travelers should avoid flying during the week and instead choose midweek days, or Monday and Tuesday.
“In the last three weeks alone, departures early in the week on Monday or Tuesday were delayed ~21 percent less often than on the peak Saturdays. Fly midweek, on Monday or Tuesday, avoid the expensive and crowded weekend days,” the report recommends.
It also notes that the best time to fly is in the early hours of the day, and the best airports are regional ones as they have proven to be more punctual when it comes to the departure of flights.
As a result, the list of the top ten European airports with the lowest number of delayed flights consists of the following:
- Bergamo/Orio al Serio Airport (BGY), Bergamo, Italy – three percent delayed, one percent canceled
- Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), Gran Canaria, Spain – eight percent delayed, 0.3 percent canceled
- Otopeni International Airport (OTP), Bucharest, Romania – ten percent delayed, 1.7 percent canceled
- Dublin International Airport (DUB), Dublin, Ireland – 15 percent delayed, 1.6 percent canceled
- Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), Catania, Italy – 16 percent delayed, 1.1 percent canceled
- Adolfo Suarez-Barajas Airport (MAD), Madrid, Spain – 19 percent delayed, 0.4 percent canceled
- Alicante Airport (ALC), Province of Alicante, Spain – 20 percent delayed, 3.4 percent canceled
- Marseille Airport (MRS), Marseille, France – 20 percent delayed, 2.0 percent canceled
- Orly Field (ORY), Paris, France, 21 percent delayed, 1.2 percent canceled
- Malaga Airport (AGP), Malaga, Spain, 24 percent delayed, 3.3 percent canceled