Most people have had their fair share of trouble with airport schedules. The Association of European Airlines recently came up with a list of the airports with worst delays, and the winners are:
- London Heathrow
- Madrid Barajas (I am not surprised)
- London Gatwick
- Paris CDG (still not surprised)
On a side notice, Heathrow tops another list, namely lost luggage. Normally, an airport lose on average 2 out of 1000 bags, but Heathrow loses a whopping 80 of 1000! Which means that if 500 people are checking in to a jumbo, about 40 of them won’t get their luggage at the destination. The main reason is the tight transport times between the terminals. The underground tunnel to Terminal 4 is another culprit, where it only takes one bag to get stuck in order to ensure havoc.
After three months, all this lost luggage leave Heathrow and goes to an auction house. One of them is Greasby’s which sells 300 bags a month. Many suitcases are sold unopened.
If you’re traveling with SAS in Sweden, the lost luggage stays for five days before it is moved to Copenhagen. Six months later it will be available at Topauktioner.
I’ve been quite fortunate in my travels and only had two major misfortunes in Brazil and Australia. At least the latter one was due to Heathrow but it provided me with a new summer Billabong wardrobe almost for free.