Leeds Bradford has been named the worst airport in the UK for security lines, with more than a quarter of people facing waiting times of over an hour.
The average waiting time at the West Yorkshire travel hub between February and August was 35 minutes, giving it the unwanted honor of having the longest of any nationwide.
It tops a list of 14 compiled by consumer group Which?, after nearly 1,300 people departing from a UK airport over six months were asked how long they queued at security.
1. Leeds Bradford – 35-minute average waiting time
2. Bristol – 30 minutes
3. Birmingham – 24 minutes
4. Manchester – 24 minutes
5. Heathrow – 20 minutes
6. Luton – 19 minutes
7. Belfast International – 18 minutes
8. Stansted – 18 minutes
9. Edinburgh – 16 minutes
10. Gatwick – 16 minutes
11. Newcastle – 15 minutes
12. Glasgow International – 13 minutes
13. Belfast City – 13 minutes
14. London City – 12 minutes
Travelers reported security queues of over an hour at nine airports, including Bristol (17% of respondents), Birmingham (11%) and Manchester (8%).
Many UK airports struggled earlier this year to cope with a combination of increased demand after the end of the COVID restrictions and staff shortages, with long queues, baggage problems and flight cancellations.
At Leeds Bradford, electronic screens were installed in August which provide live updates on estimated waiting times to ease passenger frustration.
A spokesperson said: “Earlier this year, like many airports across the UK, we experienced periods of long queues due to the rapid resumption of international travel following the lifting of pandemic restrictions.
“We were transparent about these difficulties at the time and worked hard to resolve these short-term issues.
“We have since significantly reduced the queue in our terminal.
“We remain committed to delivering the best possible passenger experience at Leeds Bradford Airport and being an outstanding airport for our region.”
Industry trade body the Airport Operators Association said airports had worked hard to recover from “one of the most restrictive travel regimes in Europe”.
The “overwhelming number of passengers were able to enjoy their summer holidays with minimal disruption”, a spokesperson added.
Guy Hobbs, editor of the magazine Which? Travel, suggested travelers avoid airports with the worst results on waiting times, even if it means choosing one a little further from home.