Luggage storage operator Stasher has released a new report revealing which airports around the world experienced the most flight delays between June 2018 and May 2019. The company analyzed data from the 30 biggest airports in each continent to produce a table listing the most and least susceptible to delays around the world.
Of the 106 airports analyzed (some airports were excluded due to incomplete data), Stasher found exotic and luxury destinations like Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to be the most likely to experience flight delays.
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia, has the highest number of delayed flights in the world, followed by Ninoy Aquinto Airport in Manila, Philippines, in third place, and Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Vietnam, in sixth.
Stasher believes that the results could be attributed to Southeast Asia’s growing number of business travelers and tourists, and how the related infrastructure has failed to keep up with this surge in demand. Flights in the region are also frequently impacted by unpredictable, adverse weather conditions, especially during local rainy seasons.
Those traveling around Europe are also likely to face long waits, as six of the worst performing airports are located on the continent. In 2018, an investigation revealed London Stansted to be the worst airport in the UK for flight delays. The airport also came second globally for the highest number of delays in Stasher’s most recent study. Completing the bottom five was Brussels Airport, Belgium, and Lisbon Airport, Portugal.
In contrast, half of the top-10 highest-scoring airports are based in East Asia. Tokyo Haneda Airport and Kansai International in Japan, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport in China, and Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan all achieved excellent scores for their low number of delayed flights.
Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia had the fewest number of delays globally. It was the only airport with less than 10% of delayed flights over a year. Just 6% of flights were delayed for longer than 15 minutes.
Commenting on the findings, Anthony Collias, Stasher’s co-founder and chief commercial officer, said, “There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving at an airport in good time to find out your flight is delayed. Our latest study has produced some fascinating and unexpected results. It’s great to see so many airports with a low flight delay rating, and those who are underperforming, investing money and expanding infrastructure to improve the passenger experience.”
To view the Stasher interactive map, click here.