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Passengers on budget airline Wizz Air suffer most delays to their flights

The budget flier’s aircraft departed an average of 23 minutes late last year.

Norwegian Air Shuttle was next worst, then Vueling, Thomas Cook Airlines and BMI Regional,  analysis of Civil Aviation Authority figures reveals.

Scandinavian Airlines was  most punctual, with take-offs typically  seven minutes late. Average delay for the 44 airlines with at least 2,000 scheduled flights from the UK’s  airports was 15 minutes.

Wizz Air said issues specific to Britain, including airspace congestion and slot restrictions triggered delays.

Severe winter weather also caused disruptions.

The Hungarian company said it was basing eight aircraft in Britain to help reduce in-bound delays in the future.

Delayed passengers in the UK can get compensation depending on cause and wait length.

'OUR 36-HOUR DELAY HELL'

The North Yorks couple  were due to fly from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to  Wroclaw in  Poland at 10.15pm on  Friday.

A fault with the plane’s engine meant they only took  off at 9am yesterday.

They spent one night in a  hotel and a second sleeping  at the airport.

Louis said: “There were children sleeping on suitcases. It was a big mess.”

Joanna said: “We’ve been treated like cattle.”


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