As Brits look to jet off overseas for a chance to relax, delays to certain locations can certainly disrupt their holiday spirit.
It’s not an uncommon occurrence to experience delays at the airport and on the runway, so AirHelp analysed more than 600,000 aircraft movements. This new data has revealed that some popular destinations are far worse than others when it comes to flight delays.
Travellers to the Mediterranean island of Malta fared worst, as only a third of flights there arrived on time, according to on-time performance ranking.
Of more than 3,400 Maltese flights, more than 900 were delayed by at least 15 minutes or cancelled, with just 39.6% of flights deemed to be punctual.
Flights to Portugal fared little better, with less than half arriving on time – compare that to Morocco, where nearly three-quarters of all flights arrived when expected.
Flight disruption can be problematic for holidaymakers, as it can prevent them from picking up hire cars on time or from checking into hotels.
Ultimately though it means they’re losing out on some valuable holiday time, and AirHelp has urged the airline industry to tackle the issue.
The firm suggested that UK holidaymakers lost as many as 45,000 holiday hours as a result of delays in 2018 and warned that up to 33,000 flights could face disruption on a daily basis this year.
Passengers are encouraged to contact their car hire companies at the earliest opportunity if there a likelihood that their flight will be delayed.
This enables the companies to ensure they have adequate vehicles to meet demand and to plan ahead if travellers have specialist requirements.
Most cars are only reserved for a certain period of time during peak season and could be rented out to others if not picked up in time.
Holidaymakers may also want to consider the implication long delays may have on the legitimacy of their car hire excess insurance. In the event that a flight delay requires a change in the car rental period, travellers are advised to check with their excess insurance provider (before commencing the rental), to see if the insurance will still be valid or whether an amendment to the policy is required.
For further advise on car hire excess insurance, visit ‘what is car hire excess insurance’.
Date Created: 13/08/2019