In Paris, Lyon, Marseille, London, Amsterdam, and in many other European cities, it was better not to go to the airport this summer 2022. Since May with EasyJet, the troubles have multiplied on the ground or in the air, with numerous delays, numerous cancellations and disastrous baggage handling. The resumption of a high rate in air traffic did not help. The lack of personnel is the main cause of all these troubles.
If things are not about to calm down, this kind of situation is not new. Several companies are notorious for canceling many flights due to various issues. In a recent article published by Bloomberg, a study by Cirium gives us an idea of the worst airlines in terms of flight cancellations, but also the best over the past three months. A classification to take into account, in addition to that of ticket prices, if you intend to put the odds on your side to reach your destination.
Flight cancellation: Air France is doing very well
At the top of the ranking, among the best students, Singapore Airlines retains first place with a rather exceptional ratio of only 0.1% of its flights canceled in the last three months. Air France is doing very well, with 0.7% of its flights, followed by Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair, with 0.9% of its flights cancelled. Iberia, for flights to Spain, still has an interesting ratio, with 1.4% of its flights canceled over the period. Unfortunately, the Cirium study does not take more companies into account. Only 19 have been analyzed and we can clearly see the absence of EasyJet here.
In the heart of the ranking, American airlines are doing well, at 2.5% for Delta Airlines, 2.6% for United Airlines and American Airlines. In England, British Airways increases to 3%. Moreover, the company has removed its short flight booking platform from London-Heathrow this week.
The worst airlines for flight cancellations
Let’s now move to the bottom of the ranking with the worst airlines in terms of flight cancellations in the last three months. In the lead is Virgin Australia, the second largest company in Australia. The proportion of its flights canceled in the past three months has exploded to 5.9%, or 2,200 flights in 90 days.
KLM, the Dutch operator, follows closely with 5.8%. In recent months, the company has suffered from staff shortages at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. At the beginning of July, between 10 and 20 flights a day were cancelled. A very difficult situation for KLM and for its alliance with Air France (Air France-KLM Group).
Two companies follow that echo Virgin Australia. Qantas, the first Australian company (one of the only ones with Emirates, Singapore Airlines, British Airways and Qatar Airways to fly Airbus A380s), admits a ratio of 3.3%. Air New Zealand, at 3.7%, completes the ranking in third position.
Of course, these statistics fit into a precise period of only three months. Among the companies mentioned, the data has often varied depending on the year. KLM, over the same period in 2019, limited its flight cancellations to a ratio of 1.08%. Virgin Australia had only canceled 1.4% of its flights. At more than 2% flight cancellations in 2019, we found that said Qantas and Air New Zealand.