Madrid, Barcelona airports are worst for delays
7 September 2006, BRUSSELS - Madrid and Barcelona airports are among the worst in Europe for punctuality, according to a report published on Thursday.
7 September 2006
BRUSSELS - Madrid and Barcelona airports are among the worst in Europe for punctuality, according to a report published on Thursday.
For those who want to get there on time, you are advised not to travel via Madrid, where 28.7 percent of flights were delayed in the second quarter of 2006.
Barcelona, Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and the London airports of Heathrow and Gatwick did not perform much better.
At each airport, more than a quarter of flights were delayed.
Airline punctuality is declining in Europe, said the report by the Association of European Airports (AEA).
AEA said the Brussels international airport has recorded the least amount of delays.
The AEA figures relate to the second quarter of 2006.
In general, 20.2 percent of flights within Europe encountered a delay of more than 15 minutes.
In the same period in 2005, just 18.1 percent of flights had a delay of more than 15 minutes. In 2003 and 2004, the figure was 16.6 percent.
AEA said the second quarter of this year was seventh consecutive quarter in which the amount of delays increased.
But Zaventem in Brussels was the most punctual airport of the 27 largest European airports that AEA studied.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Spanish news