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How long could the flight for your summer holiday be delayed?

How long could the flight for your summer holiday be delayed?

You’ve packed the sunscreen, changed the euros and arrived at the airport in plenty of time only to be met with huge queue and long delays. Not exactly the perfect start to your holiday!

This has been a reality for so many families this summer! It’s that time of the year where everyone’s jetting off on their summer holidays and the airports can’t cope! There have been so many reports of long airport queues; Heathrow and Gatwick have been estimated to have the longest wait time. The airline quoted as having the longest delays was Easyjet with an average delay of 27 minutes per flight.
If you’re set to be jetting off on your hols in the next few weeks, have you planned what you’re going to do if there are major delays at the airport? Many flights have been delayed due to tighter border control checks, for some people it can be an inconvenience but for others it can mean a missed connecting flight or a missed holiday!

If your flight's delayed for two or more hours the airline must offer food and drink, access to phone calls and emails, and accommodation if you're delayed overnight - including transfers between the airport and the hotel. There is even compensation that is owed from the airline if you arrive more than three hours late from a journey, but check with your airline first to find out exactly what you could be entitled to.

We recommend leaving earlier for your flight and allowing plenty of time to get through security especially if you are fighting from one of the bigger airports like Heathrow or Gatwick that are renowned for their delays. Have you experienced long flight delays recently? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

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