Here’s the most detailed and comprehensive World Airline Cancellation Report. Discover global benchmarks and regional analyses.

World Airline Cancellation Report

Here’s the most detailed and comprehensive airlines cancellation report. We analyzed global flight data and put together global benchmarks and regional details. Moreover, you’ll find the top 10 and flop ten airlines for each region. Here’s what’s contained in detail:

Airline Cancellation Report — World Regions Benchmark

From a global perspective, the Asia-Pacific region by far shows the highest cancellation rate and the absolute number of cancellations. As we will see in the regional analysis, this is highly linked to Chinese airlines, which account for most cancellations. Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), and North America show a similar performance with slightly above 2% cancellation rates. However, due to the higher amount flights, North America reported a higher number of absolute cancellations.

RegionIncluded AirlinesTracked FlightsCanceled FlightsAvg. Cancellation RateMedian
Asia – Pacific62455,875~77,50017%1.6
Europe, Middle East & Africa88426,470~9,8002.3%1.1
North America18649,731~13,0002%0.95
Latin America22111,476~12,70011.4%1.15
Airline Cancellation Report — World Regions Benchmark

Global — Airline Cancellation Report

Let’s get into the details and look at the top and flop airlines from a global perspective. Like the following regional analysis, we only included airlines that operated more than 500 flights in June 2021. Moreover, if airlines have an identical cancellation rate, we considered the number of flights: In the case of top airlines, we ranked the airlines with more flights higher, whereas in the case of flop airlines, we ranked the airline with fewer flights lower.

Top 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

Aeromexico wins the gold medal of the world’s airlines with the best cancellation rate. The Mexican flag carrier operated more than 12,500 flights in June 2021 and did not cancel a single one. However, the airlines represented in the global top 10 did not cancel a single flight. Accordingly, the ranking follows the number of performed flights.

RankIATAAirlineCountryNo. FlightsCancellation Rate
1AMAeromexico12,7130.0%
2PCPegasus Airlines12,0120.0%
3AZAlitalia6,1770.0%
4HAHawaiian Airlines6,0350.0%
5OAOlympic Air4,8040.0%
6MSEgyptair3,6210.0%
7VHViva Air Colombia3,1980.0%
8VNVietnam Airlines3,1100.0%
9HVTransavia2,5650.0%
10AYFinnair2,3040.0%
Global Top 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

Flop 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

Don’t get shocked when looking at the global flop ten airlines, but it seems like some carriers faced some major problems in June 2021. For example, Solomon Airlines had to cancel its entire flight schedule, resulting in a cancellation rate of 100%. However, China Express on position two reported even more shocking results: Out of more than 40,000 flights, the airlines operated approximately 40 — in other words, the airline canceled 39,960 flights in one month! China’s Spring Airlines is another negative example in terms of flight cancellations. Out of almost 14,000 flights, the Chinese carrier canceled approximately 11,5000.

Overall, Asian carriers seemed to struggle heavier than other region’s airlines in June. As a result, nine of the ten flop airlines with the highest cancellation rates are located in Asia – Pacific.

RankIATAAirlineCountryNo. FlightsCancellation Rate
1IESolomon Airlines536100.0%
2G5China Express40,03799.9%
3DZDonghai Airlines1,66699.5%
49CSpring Airlines13,84383.2%
5G8GoAir8,05174.5%
62IStar Peru66059.8%
7ODMalindo Airways66258.1%
8JQJetstar Airways7,51052.9%
9JHFuji Dream Airlines2,51648.4%
10TWT’way Air2,30844.0%
Global Flop 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

Asia – Pacific — Airline Cancellation Report

Regional Details

For the Asia – Pacific regions, the report includes 62 airlines that operated 455,875 flights in June 2021. Approximately 77,500 flights have been canceled, resulting in a cancellation rate of 17%.

Airline Cancellation - Asia Pacific

Top 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

Vietnam Airlines wins the gold medal of the Asian airline with the fewest cancellations in June 2021. Besides Vietnam Airlines, only Thai AirAsia achieved a cancellation rate of 0% in the Asia – Pacific region. However, the other carriers among the top 10 also show meager cancellation rates below 0.6%. Worth mentioning that four out of the ten top airlines are located in South Korea.

RankIATAAirlineCountryNo. FlightsCancellation Rate
1VNVietnam Airlines3,1100.0%
2FDThai Air Asia5320.0%
3QGCitilink8,1000.1%
4SQSingapore Airlines2,6180.1%
5OZAsiana Airlines3,2010.2%
6RSAir Seoul8290.2%
7KEKorean Air3,9330.3%
8QZIndonesia AirAsia1,0550.3%
9KCAir Astana4,0090.4%
10BCSkymark Airlines2,8390.5%
Asia – Pacific Top 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

Flop 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

The flop 10 Asian airlines by cancellation rate are almost identical with the global flop 10. As already mentioned, Chinese carriers surprised us negatively. However, all other airlines in the top 10 show devastating cancellation rates.

RankIATAAirlineCountryNo. FlightsCancellation Rate
1IESolomon Airlines536100%
2G5China Express40,03799.9%
3DZDonghai Airlines1,66699.5%
49CSpring Airlines13,84383.2%
5G8GoAir8,05174.5%
6ODMalindo Airways66258.1%
7JQJetstar Airways7,51052.9%
8JHFuji Dream Airlines2,51648.4%
9TWT’way Air2,30844.0%
10I5AirAsia India3,57342.8%
Asia – Pacific Flop 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

Europe, Middle East & Africa — Airline Cancellation Report

Regional Details

For Europe, Middle East & Africa regions, the report includes 88 airlines that operated 426,470 flights in June 2021. Approximately 9,800 flights have been canceled, resulting in a cancellation rate of 2.3%.

Head over to the dedicated EMEA report for detailed results!

Airline Cancellation - EMEA

Top 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

Let’s start with the most impressive results: All airlines that are contained in the top 10 for Europe, Middle East and Africa, achieved a cancellation rate of 0%. Moreover, the list of airlines that didn’t cancel a single flight in that region is even bigger. Accordingly, we ranked the airlines concerning the number of operated flights. In this context, Pegasus Airlines wins the trophy of the EMEA airlines with the fewest cancellations in June 2021. Overall, European airlines dominate the top 10: Nine out of ten airlines are based in Europe, whereas only one is located in Africa.

RankIATAAirlineCountryNo. FlightsCancellation Rate
1PCPegasus Airlines12,0120.0%
2AZAlitalia6,1770.0%
3OAOlympic Air4,8040.0%
4MSEgyptair3,6210.0%
5HVTransavia2,5650.0%
6AYFinnair2,3040.0%
7A4Azimuth2,0960.0%
85NSmartavia1,9110.0%
9BTAir Baltic1,7350.0%
10DECondor1,5330.0%
Europe, Middle East & Africa Top 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

Flop 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

When looking at the other side of the medal, we have a mix of airlines from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. However, Switzerland’s Edelweiss Air reported the highest cancellation rate with 34.6%. Compared to the Asia – Pacific region, the overall cancellation rates of flop airlines are still way lower.

RankIATAAirlineCountryNo. FlightsCancellation Rate
1WKEdelweiss Air1,04834.6%
2GFGulf Air1,76620.5%
3EIAer Lingus1,50416.6%
43OAir Arabia Maroc1,09812.2%
55ZCemair64610.5%
6FZFlyduai3,0338.8%
7TUTunisair9868.5%
8FIIcelandair1,3126.5%
9AFAir France22,5656.4%
10G9Air Arabia1,7196.1%
Europe, Middle East & Africa Flop 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

North America — Airline Cancellation Report

Regional Details

For the North American region, the report includes 18 airlines that operated 649,731 flights in June 2021. Approximately 13,000 flights have been canceled, resulting in a cancellation rate of 2.0%. Despite 13,000 cancellations, North America ranks first concerning cancellation rate based on the impressive number of overall flights.

Head over to the dedicated North American report for detailed results!

Airline Cancellation — North America

Top 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

Four of North America’s top 10 airlines achieved a cancellation rate of 0%. With more than 6,000 flights, Hawaiian Airlines was the busiest airline without any cancellation and ranked first. Sun Country, Silver Airways, and Canada’s Pacific Coastal Airlines also reported a cancellation rate of 0%. Besides that, it is impressive to see those big players, such as Delta Air Lines of United Airlines, achieved extremely low cancellation rates — although they operated an enormous amount of flights.

RankIATAAirlineCountryNo. FlightsCancellation Rate
1HAHawaiian Airlines6,0350.0%
2SYSun Country Airlines1,9780.0%
33MSilver Airways1,6110.0%
48PPacific Coastal Airlines9050.0%
5DLDelta Air Lines129,9890.2%
6WSWestjet3,9040.5%
7NKSpirit Airlines18,6850.6%
8ACAir Canada8,6150.7%
9B6JetBlue25,0600.8%
10UAUnited Airlines106,8011.0%
Top 10 North American Airlines With Lowest Flight Cancellation Rate in June 2021

Flop 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

On the other side of the medal, two Canadian airlines lead the field. Air Inuit reported a cancellation rate of 13.4% and ranked first, followed by PAL Airlines with 7.0%. However, compared to other world regions, even the flop airlines achieved outstanding results.

RankIATAAirlineCountryNo. FlightsCancellation Rate
13HAir Inuit1,07013.4%
2PBPAL Airlines1,4817.0%
3WNSouthwest Airlines100,6893.2%
4AAAmerican Airlines173,4642.5%
5G4Allegiant Air12,5252.1%
69KCape Air9,6081.8%
7ASAlaska Airlines33,8621.4%
8F9Frontier Airlines13,4491.4%
9UAUnited Airlines106,8011.0%
10B6JetBlue25,0600.8%
Flop 5 North American Airlines With Highest Flight Cancellation Rate in June 2021

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Latin America — Airline Cancellation Report

Regional Details

For the Latin American region, the report includes 22 airlines that operated 111,476 flights in June 2021. Approximately 12,000 flights have been canceled, resulting in a cancellation rate of 11.4%. And to put the numbers in relation: Although Latin American airlines operated almost 550,000 flights less than airlines in North America, they had to cancel even more flights.

Airline Cancellation — Latin America

Top 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

All of the top 10 Latin American top 10 airlines achieved very good results. Moreover, six airlines didn’t cancel a single flight and subsequently achieved a cancellation rate of 0%.

RankIATAAirlineCountryNo. FlightsCancellation Rate
1AMAeromexico12,7130.0%
2VHViva Air Colombia3,1980.0%
3UPBahamasair8170.0%
4JAJetsmart7860.0%
5TXAir Caraibes6160.0%
6XLLATAM Ecuador5300.0%
7CMCopa Airlines5,3330.1%
8VWAeromar1,2510.2%
9G3GOL8,2060.3%
10AVAvianca10,0890.6%
Top 5 North Latin Airlines With Highest Flight Cancellation Rate in June 2021

Flop 10 Airlines By Cancellation Rate

When looking at the flop ten airlines in Latin America, we find light and shadow. The top three play in their own league with cancellation rates above 30%. Besides that, we have some carriers with almost 10% cancellation rates. Nevertheless, LATAM and Vivaaerobus on positions nine and ten didn’t perform poorly and achieved cancellation rates of 1.7%, respectively 1.3%.

RankIATAAirlineCountryNo. FlightsCancellation Rate
12IStar Peru66059.8%
2KXCayman Airways61738.0%
3JYIntercaribbean Airways1,57734.7%
4H2Sky Airline1,7199.8%
5YQTAR Aerolineas8619.4%
6ARAerolineas Argentinas1,5155.9%
7BWCaribbean Airlines5283.9%
8BBSeaborne Airlines1,0102.6%
9LALATAM20,0491.7%
10VBVivaaerobus8,3051.3%
Flop 5 Latin American Airlines With Highest Flight Cancellation Rate in June 2021

Used Data

The shown information is based on OAG data and internal data sources. Moreover, the displayed results in terms of flights and cancelation rates reflect data for June 2021. On top of that, regional rankings only included airlines that operated more than 500 flights in June. However, the global benchmark includes all tracked flights.

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