A TRAVEL expert has revealed how you can reduce your chance of you flight being cancelled this summer.
Brits have faced huge airport queues, lost baggage and reduced flight schedules due to staff shortages post Covid.
And having your flight cancelled ahead of your holiday can ruin it before it is started.
Scott Keyes, the founder of Scott's Cheap Flights, told Travel + Leisure there were two ways to try and avoid having your flight cancelled.
He said: "The earlier your flight, the better your odds.
"That's because weather is generally better in the morning, and also because the plane is usually already at the airport, rather than arriving from elsewhere, and thus at risk if that inbound flight were to get canceled."
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Former flight attendant Stella Connolly backed this up, saying: "As the day goes by, if one flight is late it’s a snowball effect and there’s a higher chance flights will be delayed. I recommend flying early."
And former pilot Kathleen Bangs told Forbes: “The early bird gets airborne, statistically, with less delays and fewer cancellations.
“The later it gets in the day, the more likely your flight is to be delayed or cancelled.
Scott's second tip was to avoid having a connecting flight, even if it is a cheaper option.
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He added: "A delayed connecting flight risks missing your connection and having to, in some cases, wait until the following day for a flight to your final destination."
If you do have to connect, experts are warning to have at least three hours between flights due to delays and airport queues right now.
Flight attendant Kristie Koerbel, said: "If you can’t avoid connecting, don’t book the shortest layover, because you’ll be building in stress and the possibility of missing your flight.
"A 1-hour layover is not enough anymore. Thirty minutes, not a chance. In most cases, 3 hours is safe."
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