03/25/2014 10:13 am ET Updated Mar 25, 2014

The Most Unreliable Flight In The World Goes To Wizz Air's Flight From London To Budapest


If you want to avoid that dreadful feeling that washes over you when it's announced that your flight is delayed, canceled or otherwise disturbed, then you probably should avoid the most unreliable flight in the world.

The Telegraph reported Monday that Wizz Air flight W62206 from London Luton Airport to Budapest hasn't left on time once since last summer. The flight is being dubbed "the world's most unreliable flight" and "the flight that never leaves on time."

The flight's delay times have ranged from two minutes to 12 hours and 18 minutes, amounting to 293 late departures and 176 hours of waiting time for travelers en route to Budapest, data via EUclaim shows.

Technically, the UK Civil Aviation Authority defines a late flight as one taking off 15 minutes after its original departure time, discounting some of Wizz Air's late flights. But still, on principle, a late flight is a late flight, right?

Wizz Air rebuffed these claims, saying in a statement: "Industry standards, applied by the CAA, define all flights departing within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time as on time. Even in the few cases where a flight takes off 15 minutes later than scheduled, consumers are mainly interested in arriving on time."

Passengers made to wait more than three hours are compensated according to Rule 261. Fifteen passengers on flight W62206 have claimed £215 in compensation, though they are entitled to more according to the Telegraph.

The airline also added that they operate 28 routes of Luton Airport, which total had a punctuality of 88 percent.



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