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London Stansted was the worst airport for flight delays in the UK last year, new figures show.

Figures from the Civil Aviation Authority show departures from the Essex airport, the fourth busiest in the country, were 25 minutes late on average.

Stansted is a hub for several low-cost Eastern European airlines as well as Ryanair.

Birmingham and London Luton were joint second, with flights leaving 19 minutes late on average.

The rankings took into account every scheduled and chartered flight from 24 major UK airports, but cancelled services were not included in the analysis.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20:  A Ryanair plane departs from Stansted Airport on October 20, 2016 in London, England. Ryanair has reduced its profit forecast following the drop in the pound after the Brexit vote.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Stansted is the base of Ryanair

Across all airports, the average delay stood at 16 minutes.

The best performer was Belfast City (George Best) airport, with average delays of just eight minutes.

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Liverpool’s John Lennon airport was next, with an average delay of 10 minutes, followed by Doncaster Sheffield, Exeter and Bournemouth, who each recorded an average delay of 12 minutes.

Which? Travel’s editor Rory Borland said: “It’s completely unacceptable for passengers to be regularly delayed by nearly half an hour.

“These delays aren’t just an inconvenience but can leave holidaymakers hundreds of pounds out of pocket because of missed connections, transfers and fines for picking up their hire car late.

“While compensation is available for delays of over three hours, airlines should stop passing the buck and make it easier for their passengers by finally introducing automatic compensation.”

People view the check in information board at London Stansted Airport.
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‘A range of factors’ have been blamed for the delays

A spokesman for London Stansted said: “Following a particularly challenging summer last year when adverse weather and air traffic control issues had a dramatic impact on airline on-time performance, Ryanair committed to a multimillion-pound investment in additional resourcing and equipment to support its ground operation at London Stansted.

“This investment has already helped deliver significant service improvements to flight punctuality.”

The Airport Operators Association blamed the delays on a “range of factors”, such as cold weather blasts and air traffic controller strikes in Europe.

They also added that the disruption is also caused in part by the constraints of the UK airspace.

The industry is working with the Department for Transport in an attempt to modernise the way flights are managed, to improve resilience and increase capacity.

::The full table of average flight delays

1. London Stansted: 25 minutes

2=. London Luton: 19 minutes

2=. Birmingham: 19 minutes

4. London Gatwick: 18 minutes

5=. Manchester: 16 minutes

5=. Jersey: 16 minutes

7=. Edinburgh: 15 minutes

7=. Belfast International: 15 minutes

7=. Southend: 15 minutes

7=. Glasgow: 15 minutes

11=. Newcastle: 14 minutes

11=. Durham Tees Valley: 14 minutes

11=. Cardiff: 14 minutes

11=. Southampton: 14 minutes

15=. Aberdeen: 13 minutes

15=. Isle of Man: 13 minutes

15=. East Midlands: 13 minutes

15=. Leeds Bradford: 13 minutes

15=. London Heathrow: 13 minutes

20=. Bournemouth: 12 minutes

20=. Exeter: 12 minutes

20=. Doncaster Sheffield: 12 minutes

23. Liverpool (John Lennon): 10 minutes

24. Belfast City (George Best): Eight minutes

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