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Star comment: Airport needs to up reliability for passengers

The West Midlands is connected to Europe and the world by a modern airport at Birmingham. It’s a pity, however, that the number of flight delays is far too high.

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Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport was the worst in the UK for flight delays for a second year in a row, an investigation has found.

Departures from the West Midlands airport were half an hour behind schedule on average in 2022, according to today’s new analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data.

A thriving airport is essential for the viability of a region and Birmingham is in many ways a victim of its own success. People poured back after Covid and it wasn’t alone in struggling to staff up adequately.