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City of Derry Airport Delays – Weather often a factor

Guide for Travellers: City of Derry Airport

The City of Derry Airport with airport code LDY is located in Eglinton, County Londonderry, which is northeast of Derry in Northern Ireland. The airport is locally called the Eglinton Aerodrome. It serves the city of Derry and accepts public transport flights as well as those who will be flying for educational activities as licensed or approved by the Derry City Council. The airport is managed and operated by the CoDA Operations Ltd, a company that was created by the Derry City Council to exclusively supervise the airport. ​According to the Civil Aviation Authority, in 2013 the airport received a total of 371,632 for the mentioned year. The figure was down 3% from 2012. 2011 was the year when it grew with the highest rate for its passenger statistics with almost a 20% rise from the previous year.
Those who are waiting for their loved ones to arrive or those who simply want to keep track of a certain flight, there are multiple ways to do so online. Tracking a flight is easy, but there are a few pieces of information to provide. These include to and from locations, the booked airline, the schedule departure date and time and the scheduled arrival date and time. The quickest way to see the current delays at City of Derry is just having a look at the table above.

Whilst The City of Derry Airport does not allow smokers within the terminal, there are smoking areas, which are conveniently located outside of the terminal building. The airport offers car parking, but those who do not have their cars with them can use the car hire services. There are shops and restaurants in the airport as well as business lounge and corporate aviation facilities.

The short History of the Airport

The airport has been in existence since the Second World War and was called the Royal Air Force (RAF) Eglinton air base. It was the place where the No. 133 Squadron RAF was stationed and served as the home of Hurricane fighters to defend the city of Derry. A year later, the base was occupied by a Royal Air Force No. XLI Squadron in 1942. Another year later, the soon-to-be airport became a base called RNAS Eglinton HMS Gannet, which was a Fleet Air Arm base.
When the war ended, the base remained as an establishment for the military until the 1950s. This was when the base turned into an airport known as the Londonderry Eglinton Airport or simply Eglinton. It was a small airport and only allowed one carrier, the Eglinton Flying Club. From 1989 to 1993, major redevelopment took place as many other airlines started to provide flights.
Destinations currently serviced by Ryanair from Derry Airport include Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Faro, Alicante and Majorca.

Delays can be awful - Try claiming Compensation

Currently, the airport’s website tells the passengers to allow extra time for their journey when using any of the airlines. This is mainly due to adverse weather conditions in Northern Ireland and in some destinations. Many people may remember the three cancelled flights at the airport back in 2009, which was caused by a freezing fog. The cancelled flights were supposed to go to Glasgow Prestwick, Birmingham, and Liverpool. The flights from Prestwick and Birmingham to the airport were instead diverted to Belfast while Liverpool flights were redirected to Dublin. Complete details about the news can be found at BBC News.
As for the delays, there have been many delayed flights at the City of Derry Airport in the past. There are many reasons why a flight may not arrive on time, with weather being a common cause. Like the rest of Ireland, the city has a temperate Oceanic climate, which means it has a warm summer and a cool winter. Right now though, the city is experiencing a few rainy and cloudy days, which may lead to flight delays. Another factor that affects timeliness of air activities is traffic. Air congestion can influence the punctuality or the tardiness of the flight. When there is heavy air traffic, the flights that are normally scheduled to land at LDY may have no choice but to circle around the City of Derry. Typically, traffic only delays flights for 30 minutes, however there have been reported occasions where the flights took more than an hour to land.

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

  • gather information
  • Take photos
  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
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< 1,500km
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400 €
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3H Delay
600 €
> 3,500km
3H Delay
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