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Edinburgh Airport - Delayed Flight Figures Taking Off

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Scottish holidaymakers are most likely to face flight delays if they travel to or from Edinburgh Airport, (Scotland's busiest, handling 12 million passengers a year) according to consumer rights group Which?.

Civil Aviation Authority data showed that of more than 110,000 flights to or from Edinburgh in the past year, 27% were delayed by at least 15 minutes. The figure was up from 22% in 2015-16. (Graphic of departure board is © Hotelstvedi via Wikimedia Commons.

An Edinburgh Airport spokesman said: "On-time performance is important to our passengers and is a measure that we monitor very closely.

"Frustratingly, it is mainly affected by factors outwith the airport's control.

"We continue to work with our airline and aviation partners to make sure our collective performance is as good as it can be and that we are in the best position to deal with the external issues that affect us."

The latest figures on late departures will not have been helped by a major power failure which closed the airport for two hours this week, affecting hundreds of flights from 9am on Wednesday. The main hall in the terminal was plunged into darkness and passengers landing at Edinbrgh could not leave their aircraft as immigration services could not operate. The backup system failed to operate. The airport authorities say they are still trying to identify what caused the power failure.

Edinburgh Airport Termiinal © Mike Pennington via Wikimedia Commons

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1 July 2017

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