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British Airways 81 tops most delayed flight ranking

British Airways 81 tops most delayed flight ranking

Flight compensation company, EUclaim, has released internal data revealing the most unlucky flight numbers this summer.

Flagship British airline British Airways’ flight BA 81 from London Heathrow to Accra has been revealed as the most unlucky flight number this summer, with total of ten delays of over 180 minutes between April and July.

British Airways is, however, not alone. 

easyJet’s EZY 8876 flight from Amsterdam to London Gatwick and Ryanair’s FR 9811 from Barcelona to London Stanstead have won silver and bronze for most unlucky flight of the summer with a total of 12 delays in the last four months.

The data further reveals that August 2016 is set to be the worst on record for cancelled and delayed flights since 2013.


Over the last four years EUclaim has seen the number of people seeking compensation against airlines in August rising rapidly, and based on the growth of cancelled and delayed flights, EUclaim predicts a total of 1,090 delays of more than three hours and 792 cancellations in total this month.

It’s not all doom and gloom for British airlines as EUclaim reveals the longest delays by airlines in the month of August since 2013, with a UK operator never making it into the list of worst offenders.

Airblue tops the chart with a delay of 51 hours and 10 minutes from Manchester to Islamabad in August 2013, followed by Norwegian Air Shuttle with a delay of 33 hours and 41 minutes in 2015 and Vietnam Airlines with delays of over 32 hours minutes in 2014.

Adeline Noorderhaven, UK manager for EUclaim, said: “Each year the number of cancelled flights in August increases by 120, and delayed flights by 40.

“We have no doubt that this trend will continue with August Bank Holiday weekend set to beat records.

“This is precious time for families before the school year begins in September, and it’s disappointing to see that airlines are letting us down over this important period.”