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May 8, 2019,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

Cancellations and delays: the league table of the best and worst airports in France

Flights that are put back or delayed and a lack of flexibility can all combine to make air travel an annoyance. To help passengers make choices, a company called FlightRight has established a league table of the best airports in France, basing its calculations on the amount of delays and cancellations throughout the first quarter of 2019.

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FlightRight – a company which specialises in obtaining compensation for passengers – has just published a league table of airports in France based on the first quarter of 2019, according to French trade website DéplacementsPros. The report most notably shows which airports have the best reliability rate as well as those with the highest amounts of delays and cancellations. Only "major" airports – i.e. with a minimum of 150 flights during the quarter – were included in the study according to FlightRight.

Corsica and Nouvelle Aquitaine the most punctual airports

When it comes to the punctuality of services and of the flights themselves, the airports in Corsica and Nouvelle Aquitaine led the way. The top five for the first quarter were the airports at Poitiers-Biard (with just 3.2% of flights delayed), Calvi (4.1%), La Rochelle-Île de Ré (4.5%), Bastia-Poretta (6.2%) and Pau-Pyrénées (6.3%). The last of those five deserves a special mention as it is up amongst the leaders despite the fact that it has had a huge almost overnight increase in the number of passengers, due to the temporary closure of Biarritz-Pays Basque airport.

Down at the bottom of the FlightRight table are a number of airports in the Rhône-Alpes and Greater Paris areas and overseas. Airports in the Alps such as Chambéry-Savoie Mont-Blanc and Grenoble-Alpes-Isère came out especially badly, with delays of 52.7% and 29.3% respectively, although there are mitigating circumstances in that a customs officials’ strike affected these two airports. Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport also suffered from that industrial action and had delays of 19.8%. Guadeloupe-Pôle Caraïbes and Martinique-Aimé Césaire, both in the Caribbean, were the other airports at the bottom of the ladder, with 27.7% and 25.8% of delays respectively.

Worst cancellations in Brittany and Normandy

In terms of cancellations, several airports are seen as being the most reliable in the country according to FlightRight. Martinique-Aimé Césaire (a mere 0.2% of flights cancelled) and Perpignan-Rivesaltes (0.3%) came out on top, ahead of two in joint third place on 0.4%, namely Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte and Chambéry-Savoie Mont-Blanc (the latter having a terrible reputation for punctuality however). Rounding out the top five was the airport at Rodez-Aveyron with 0.5% of flights cancelled.

The five airports with the highest levels of cancellations are to be found in Brittany, Normandy, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitania (Languedoc-Roussillon and the Pyrenees) and the east of France. The worst score comes from Quimper-Cornouaille airport with 6.6% of flights cancelled, followed by the airports at Castres-Mazamet (5.5% cancellations), Caen-Carpiquet (5.5%), Metz-Nancy-Lorraine (4.4%) and finally Brive-Vallée de la Dordogne (4.2%).

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