New research from Which? has revealed that the huge number of passengers had their flights delayed by over three hours in the last year, which equates to more than 13,000 flights flying to or from UK airports delayed in 12 months.
Analysing Civil Aviation Authority data, they revealed that it was easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways that were most affected, with 0.7 per cent of flights delayed.
When it came to more long-haul travel, Norwegian, Thomas Cook and TUI ranked highly as the ones most affected whereas for short-haul flights, it was Icelandair, Aurigny and TUI that were delayed most.
Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home products and services, said: "Severe delays can be a complete nightmare and totally wreck a long awaited trip abroad, especially if it means you're stuck in an airport terminal for hours on end. Passengers are often entitled to compensation when airlines get it wrong and it is vital that automatic compensation is introduced across the industry so that people no longer have to jump through hoops to get what they are owed.