List of shame: the ten worst performing airports this summer!

Summer and vacation travel has always been a way to test the patience of all types of travellers, whether families, individuals or frequent travelers for whom travel is commonplace, but this year is particularly bad.

Statistics compiled via tracking websites such as FlightAware show that some airports now have a delay statistic that lists more than half of all flights take off outside the scheduled departure time.

On top of these numbers, there are also large amounts of cancellations which further impact travelers, as those affected are not only delayed, but require a completely new itinerary, and this usually adds hours or even a full day (worst case) at travel time. .

According FlightAware they are the worst offenders of this summer’s travel disaster based on research data from May 26 to July 19.

Airports with the highest percentage of delayed flights:

  1. Canada: Toronto Pearson International Airport – 52.5%
  2. Germany: Frankfurt Airport – 45.4%
  3. France: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – 43.2%
  4. Netherlands: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – 41.5%
  5. UK: Gatwick Airport – 41.1%
  6. UK: Heathrow Airport – 40.5%
  7. Germany: Munich International Airport – 40.4%
  8. Greece: Athens International Airport – 37.9%
  9. Australia: Sydney Airport – 34.2%
  10. United States: Orlando International Airport – 33.4%

Toronto ranks first on the shame list, with more than half of all flights departing late – 52.5%! It’s a horrific performance, and when you see the footage that’s been making headlines for the past few months, it’s easy to imagine how those delays play out, given the endless lines at check-in, at security and immigration.

But other airports are not far behind. Frankfurt Airport became another national shame of German efficiency with 45.4% delays, followed by Paris Charles de Gaulle with 43.2%.

YES – Toronto and Frankfurt have managed to surpass the world’s worst airport in terms of delays and chaos, congratulations.

Things aren’t looking much better for the rest of the summer as staff shortages plague European airports on all fronts. Heathrow and Amsterdam have imposed restrictions and forced airlines to cut flights.

Amsterdam is also battling technical issues with its baggage delivery and distribution system. Frankfurt capitulated and went so far as to ask passengers to stop traveling with black suitcases as they get lost in the masses of abandoned bags.

Crazy: Frankfurt Airport begs passengers not to check in black suitcases anymore

It’s hard to see the end of it anytime soon. Maybe, if we’re lucky, by the end of the summer, when peak travel demand drops off a bit. Until then, it takes a lot of patience as well as some shrewdness when it comes to dealing with travel disruptions.

The infrastructure doesn’t have much room to improve unless there are enough humans to support it and instead of the apology emails pouring in every day, there maybe it’s time for those CEOs who caused this mess to take personal responsibility and accountability! ?


Airport delays have been rampant this year, and the statistics are anything but flattering for the worst airports in the bunch, some of which have almost half of their flights classified as delays.

Most of these problems are home-grown as many employees have been laid off during the pandemic, and now airports are struggling to rehire staff authorized to work in secure areas, which usually requires background checks which can take a long time. time to be completed.

Yet responsible management and politicians want to blame everyone from travelers who “get out of the habit of traveling and slowing down the process” to airlines accused of selling too many tickets. I’m sure airports always take the full departure and handling fee, so why wouldn’t an airline do what’s good for their business?

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