What Causes Summer Flight Delays?

Summer flight delays are as British as Wimbledon and strawberries and cream.

It always happens that, after working hard all year for your summer vacation and managing to get the entire family (bags included) into a taxi at 4am, you arrive at the airport to find your flight has been seriously delayed. You had high hopes, but deep down you knew that the chances of this happening were pretty high.

So, why does this happen? Why is it that — come the most popular time of year to travel abroad — airports suffer from seemingly constant delays?

As you might imagine, the summer holidays bring increased demand for flights and with that comes inevitable problems. Air Traffic Control personnel are working harder; airline schedules run as tightly as they can manage; and bad weather in the form of summer thunderstorms all combine to create the perfect recipe for flight delays.

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