Well I'm using a 500Mbps Internet line, which is actually working at speed of 300mbps, makes me ping times about 300ms or more. (well, at the same time, google gives me 30ms, and 22.214.171.124 5ms. AE is absolutely slow.)
I'm having these connection problems ONLY with AE Servers and waiting for the page to load has become quite regular routine of me.
The delay extremely increases when I load competition routes, so I believe it's al about the server conditions.
I don't actually believe it could be better, though.