Six in ten Iceland flight passengers delayed in June

Industrial action by Icelandic air-traffic controllers sent flight-delay stats sky rocketing last month, with some 60% of passengers travelling with three international airlines to and from Iceland suffering delays.

Delays doubled from around 30% every month in the period January to May, to 60% last month, according to data from Icelandic travel search engine website Dohop in easyJet, Icelandair and WOW air.

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65% of Icelandair departures were delayed in June, with an average delay of just over 36 minutes, while easyJet’s punctuality rate for departures was 62%, with an average delay of 39 minutes.

WOW air flights out of Iceland appear to have been the worst affected, with just 27% leaving on time. The rest of the airline’s flight were delayed on average by just under 66 minutes.

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Disruption continued into today when one flight departing from Iceland around 9am this morning was stuck on a taxiway, after it emerged that there was almost nobody manning the control tower.

Air-traffic controllers have recently rejected a new deal on pay and working conditions and the case will be referred to a special court of arbitration.


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