5 Worst Airports for Business Travel Delays-International

13 April 2012

January 1, 2012 By Travel Risk Management

Low fares business class specialist Lets Fly Cheaper (LFC) has compiled its first “world’s worst airports” list of international airports with the worst records for delayed flights. LFC culled through several sources to ultimately come up with its own criteria and list of worst performing airports. “There are tons of year-end worst airports lists out there. Some are based on overall satisfaction, while others focus on details like how easy it is to sleep in the airport,” said Ramon Van Meer, Lets Fly Cheaper marketing director. “We wanted our list to be relevant to our customers, who travel primarily for business, and to our company, which specializes in getting customers the best travel deal, right here, right now.” “Business travellers live in the moment,” said Van Meer. “They care about making their flight connections today, not whether they could have made them 11 months ago. Their #1 concern is getting to their next big deal on time. Period. That’s why LFC has shortened our time horizon from all year to the past month and focused exclusively on delays, not airport amenities. Our data is based on December 2011statistics only. This gives us the flexibility to publish new results monthly, if customers find our list useful.” Lets Fly Cheaper’s 10 worst airports based on delayed departures: International Airports:

Capital International, Beijing
Changi, Singapore
Charles De Gaulle, Paris
Madrid-Barajas, Madrid
Pu Dong, Shanghai

Not surprisingly, all “winners” are among the world’s busiest airports. LFC’s international list includes three Asian-Pacific entries and two European entries. Charles De Gaulle is one that appears consistently on almost every “worst” compilation across the board. Yet it only clocks in midway down the LFC list. The “top” honour for most delayed flights – by a margin of almost 2:1 is Beijing, with a whopping 12,864 delayed flights for December. Worst international airports: 5. Pu Dong Airport (PVG), Shanghai Number of Delayed Flights: 5,175 Shanghai Pudong International Airport (sometimes noted as Pu Dong) is the world’s 20th busiest airport and China’s third busiest, hosting over 40 million passengers annually. The airport is a hub for both Shanghai Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. 4. Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD), Madrid Number of Delayed Flights: 5,448 Madrid-Barajas Airport is an international bridge connecting Europe with Central and South America. The airport serves Spanish carriers, members of Star Alliance and Skyteam Iberia Airlines, as well as international carriers. 3. Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG), Paris Number of Delayed Flights: 6,731 Charles de Gaulle Airport is Europe’s second busiest airport (after London’s Heathrow). The airport serves international travellers, Air France and other European airlines. 2. Changi Airport, (SIN), Singapore Number of Delayed Flights: 7,428 Changi Airport in Singapore is the world’s 17th busiest airport serving 100 international airlines to more than 60 countries. The airport handles over 19 million passengers every year. Changi has received the “World’s Best Airport” award from Ultratravel Magazine the last four years. 1. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), Beijing Number of Delayed Flights: 12,864 Beijing Capital International Airport is the busiest airport in Asia and the second busiest in the world. The airport hosts over 73 million passengers annually with 70+ airlines flying to more than 200 cities worldwide. Lets Fly Cheaper is a low fare specialist, focused on supplying cheap business class flights to international destinations worldwide.