Meet W62206: The flight that is always late

The flight has been hailed as the UK’s least punctual by delay compensation specialist Bott & Co., who used data from EUclaim to find the late plane. Delays to W62206 have varied from two minutes to 12 hours and 18 minutes, but one thing remains the same: the flight never leaves on time and has not done so since 1st June last year.

In the last nine months, the flight has racked up a total of 293 delayed departures in a row, or 176 hours.

Photo: Bott & Co ( Travel Weekly )

Wizz Air have responded to the report by the website, which allows delayed passengers to calculate if they are entitled to compensation, saying that the CAA definition of lateness only applies to flights that leave more than 15 minutes after their scheduled time.

Nonethleess, under regulation 261/2004, passengers would be entitlted to claim compensation, says the research.

Paul Hinchliffe, managing partner at Bott & Co, said: “Consumers in other EU countries tend to be familiar with their rights under Regulation 261, but that’s not the case here in the UK.

“We want to change this and help the British public to know their rights and receive the compensation rightly due to them for flight delays and cancellations.”

A spokesman for the airline told The Telegraph that 78.6 per cent of flights arrived on time at the other end in Budapest. One could argue that is what matters at the end of the day. Regular passengers on the W62206, though, may feel differently.