Christmas traffic delays to airports

Check predicted Xmas delays on your route to the airport

Check predicted Xmas delays on your route to the airport

Are you one of the four million Brits heading abroad for Christmas? Then you’ll need to be prepared for delays as the Xmas getaway clogs motorways and A-roads winding their way towards the UK’s major airports. Stay one step ahead of the queues with’s guide to getting to the airport on time…

Figures from Abta estimate that the four million people will be travelling between now and January 3, so delays are likely on approaches to major airports during this period.

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If you’re heading to one of’s airport car parks then check out the delays to journeys as predicted by traffic information company Inrix. Failure to do so could result in missing your flight and spoiling your festive celebrations with family and friends.

Inrix is forecasting that Tuesday, December 23 and Saturday, December 27 will be the busiest days on UK roads, with the biggest delays hitting routes to Manchester, Birmingham all London Airports.

As usual, most traffic works on major routes will be suspended, but some will be left in place for safety reasons.

Christmas traffic delays approaching major airports

Check out this graphic to find driving delays from now until January 3, along with our guide to getting to major airports below.

What's your delay?

What’s your delay?


Heathrow: If you’re approaching Heathrow from the South East region, then look out for big delays on the M25. Clockwise drivers on the lower section of the orbital are warned to expect to take an extra 50 minutes to get to Heathrow. Anyone heading to Heathrow from Central London will find the A4 taking 40 minutes longer than usual.


Gatwick: If you’re heading to Gatwick from the western side of the country, the lower section of the M25 could cause problems with delays of up to one hour 40 minutes.

Luton Airport:

Luton Airport: Jumping on the M1 at Watford and heading for Luton Airport is likely to see your journey time take 25 minutes longer than usual.

Stansted Airport:

Stansted Airport: Travellers from Stansted look like they should be free from most delays. Even those travelling from the South East will only experience a relatively minor delay of 10 minutes at the Dartford Crossing… just remember the new payment system though if you’re heading off on holiday.

Birmingham Airport:

Birmingham Airport: Travellers departing from Birmingham Airport can expect the normal sticky traffic around the city, but no additional delays are predicted.

East Midlands Airport:

East Midlands Airport: Anyone travelling to the airport from the North could experience a delay of around 20 minutes near junction 32A, while those travelling northbound could experience delays from Leicester.

Manchester Airport:

Manchester Airport: For those heading North to Manchester Airport on the M6, there’s bad new with delays of one hour 10 minutes from the M5 to J9 at Knutsford. Those approaching on the M56 could suffer delays of 40 minutes.

Liverpool Airport:

Liverpool Airport: The only blot on the horizon from travellers leaving from Liverpool Airport is for anyone using the M5 with its delays of one hour 10 minutes.

Enjoy Christmas and see you soon at APH.
Graphic source: Inrix


1 comment for “Christmas traffic delays to airports

  1. Pat L
    23/12/2014 at 3:29 pm

    I know it’s Christmas now that I’ve bottled my homemade damson gin! Cheers and Merry Christmas!

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