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This Aussie airport is amongst the worst for cancellations and delays

We all expected a clunky start to travel, but this airport’s dubious performance has landed in the list of world’s worst airports for delays and cancellations. 



Coming in the ninth spot in the world for most delays and sixth for most cancellations is… [drumroll please] Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport.


According to data compiled for CNN Travel by flight tracking site FlightAware, Sydney airport performed worse than Athens International Airport for delays.


Here are the Top 10 world airports for delays from 26 May to 19 July with percentages of flights delayed:

1. Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada): 52.5%

2. Frankfurt Airport (Germany): 45.4%

3. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (France): 43.2%

4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands): 41.5%

5. London Gatwick Airport (United Kingdom): 41.1%

6. Heathrow Airport (United Kingdom): 40.5%

7. Munich Airport (Germany): 40.4%

8. Athens International Airport (Greece): 37.9%

9. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Australia): 34.2%

10. Orlando International Airport (United States): 33.4%


All of Australia’s carriers recorded their worst on-time results since 2003, 7News reported. 


In June, on-time arrivals across Australian airlines averaged 63 per cent, and 61.9 per cent for on-time departures, data from The Department of Infrastructure and Transport revealed. 


Cancellations have also been high, particularly on the Sydney-Melbourne route, followed by the Sydney-Canberra route, and the Canberra-Melbourne route.


Here are the top 10 world airports for cancellations from 26 May to 19 July with percentages of flights cancelled:

1. Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (China): 7.9%

2. Newark Liberty International Airport (US): 7.4%

3. LaGuardia Airport (US): 7%

4. Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada): 6.5%

5. Soekarno--Hatta International Airport (Indonesia): 6.2%

6. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Australia): 5.9%

7. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (China): 5.2%

8. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (US): 5%

9. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (China): 4.6%

10. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands): 3.9%


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Published: 22 July 2022

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