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Humberside Airport Delays

Key Facts and Figures on Humberside Airport

Humberside Airport (HUY), situated at Kirmington in North Lincolnshire, is one of the smallest international airports in the UK. ​In the year 2013, 236,083 passengers made use of the airport at Humberisde. There were 4167 aircraft movements in the same year, and 143 tonnes of cargo handled. Humberside ranks 31 in terms of passenger traffic, among all UK airports. The passenger traffic figures are a steep decline from the early part of the last decade, when passenger volumes hovered around the 500,000 levels. The decline in passenger volumes is owing to Humberside facing competition from East Midlands Airport (70 miles away), Doncaster Sheffield Airport (28 miles away), and Leeds Bradford International Airport (74 miles away).
The decline in passenger base notwithstanding, in 2010, the Airports Council International voted Humberside as the best European airport serving fewer than two million passengers annually. The airport had over 8,000 air transport helicopter movements in 2011, the fourth highest in the UK. For more in-depth statistics on Humberside and other UK airports, please visit Civil Aviation Authority.

Humberside is served by just two airlines, Eastern Airways and KLM. Many other airlines, such as Flybe, and tour operators operate irregular flights from the airport, mainly in the summer months. The busiest route from Humberside is to Amsterdam, with flights departing every day. Aberdeen is the next most popular destination; with Eastern Airways operating 20 services weekly. These are the only two regular destinations, with special flights offering additional connections to destinations such as Bourgas, Antalya, Jersey, Alicante and Palma de Mallorca.

Humberside airport: from World War II to the Present Day

The history of Humberside airport dates back to 1941, when, as part of the war effort, the Royal Air Force established RAF Kirmington, at the site of the present day airport. After the end of World War II, in 1945, the base was abandoned, and remained unused for the next three decades. In 1974, the local council took over the site, and started commercial operations. The airport, initially known as Kirmington Airport, took its present name, when the region was renamed Humberside following the UK local government re-organisation. The airport has undergone extensive renovations since then. The main runway was expanded in 1992. A new perishables hub, set up at a cost of £1.6 million, in 2008, has given an increase to air cargo. The airport is also used for training and helicopter movements to offshore gas storage and drilling operations of BP and Centrica Storage. Today, Humberside is the base for three of the biggest UK Helicopter operators. It also has five resident flying clubs, offering fixed wing and rotary training.

Your flight was delayed or cancelled - What can you do?

Humberside, being a small regional airport, does not face congestion-based delays, as experienced in major hubs such as Heathrow. The main delays out of Humberside are attributable to technical difficulties or weather. High winds or low temperatures have frequently caused delays. In January 2013, bad weather caused the cancellation of a number of flights from Humberside and significant delays to almost all flights that landed.
All current delays at Humberside can be seen in the table above this article. For more flight status information for Humberside, please visit Humberside Airport’s website.

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
250 €
< 1,500km
3H Delay
400 €
1,500km - 3,500km
3H Delay
600 €
> 3,500km
3H Delay
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