The biggest analysis of the UK’s flag carrier is British Airways. We’ve analyzed and benchmarked British Airways’ flights, punctuality, and cancellation rates in 2021. Here are the results!

British Airways — Flights, Punctuality & Cancellations in 2021

British Airways— Flights, Punctuality & Cancellations in 2021

We put together some of the most relevant data about British Airways’ flight performance in 2021: Flight rankings, punctuality reports, and cancellation rates. Moreover, we benchmarked the airline’s flight performance against regional and global averages. Here’s what’s contained in detail:

British Airways — Flight Analysis

We kick off the analysis with British Airways’ flights from February to June 2021. Besides the overall numbers, we also provide details about British Airways’ share in terms of EMEA traffic and the carrier’s ranking compared to other European and global airlines.

Monthly Flight Overview

Having started from a relatively low baseline in February, British Airways has continually grown the number of flights from February to June 2021. However, worth mentioning that the number of flights is still far away from the pre-COVID level.

When looking at total EMEA flights, British Airways’ share has also continually grown from 1.2% in February to 1.5 in June 2021.

FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneMonthly Average ’21
2,6183,4503,9185,0106,7144,342
British Airways — Number of Monthly Flights February – June 2021
British Airways’ Share In Relation to Total EMEA Flights
British Airways – Number of flights per month

Global & European Ranking By Number of Flights

From a global ranking point of view, British Airways doesn’t play an important role at the moment. In 2021, the carrier ranked 65th in the list of the world’s biggest airlines by the number of flights. Nevertheless, and in line with the airline’s growing number of flights, its global rank has steadily increased during the last five months. When looking at the EMEA region, British Airways ranks quite stable in around the 20th position. When comparing British Airways’ number of flights to other UK airlines, the carrier ranks second behind Easyjet in each analyzed month.

MonthDomestic RankEMEA RankGlobal Rank
February22373
March22270
April22167
May22261
June22057
Average ’21221.665.6
British Airways — Global & European Ranking By Flight Numbers

British Airways Punctuality

In the following chapter, we take a deeper look at British Airways’ flight performance in terms of punctuality. Again, we benchmark British Airways’ results with EMEA averages and provide a domestic, regional, and global ranking.

Monthly Puncutality Overview

Overall, the carrier achieved solid results in terms of flight punctuality: Besides a weaker performance in February and April, the carrier achieved an on-time performance above 90%. As a result, compared to the average of EMEA airlines, British Airways shows a better performance.

FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneMonthly Average ’21
British Airways82.8%90.5%85.5%92.1%90.5%88.2%
EMEA Average73.9%85.7%85.6%85.2%83.6%82.8%
British Airways – Punctuality for Flights February – June 2021
British Airways Flight Punctuality in 2021

British Airways Flights — Global & European Ranking By Punctuality

From a global perspective, British Airways ranks in the midfield and first quarter when it comes to flight punctuality. Based on the weak performance in February and April, the British carrier finds itself in position 84 on average. Compared to other EMEA airlines, the results arent’ that good: On average, British Airways ranks 41st.

MonthDomestic RankEMEA RankGlobal Rank
February361129
March23268
April254110
May13158
June13158
Average ’211.841.884.6
British Airways — Global & European Ranking By Punctuality

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British Airways Flight Cancellations

In the last chapter of this report, we take a detailed look at British Airways’ flight cancellations. Similar to the previous chapter, we put results in relation to regional averages and provide rankings.

Monthly Cancellation Overview

Although British Airways’ cancellation rate is better than the EMEA average, there’s definitely room for improvement. Again, February and April are the months with the weakest performance. Especially in February, the carrier had to cancel almost 5% of its flights. However, it seems that British Airways has been continually improving its cancellation rate during the last months.

FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneMonthly Average ’21
British Airways4.3%1.0%2.8%1.8%1.7%2.3%
EMEA Average6.8%2.7%2.5%4.0%3.6%3.9%
British Airways – Cancellation February – June 2021
British Airways Average Flight Cancellation Rate in 2021

British Airways Flights — European Ranking by Cancellations

In relation to other EMEA or global airlines, British Airways’ cancellation performance could be improved. The airline ranks 68th on average from an EMEA point of view and 126th from a global point of view.

MonthDomestic RankEMEA RankGlobal Rank
February393177
March34985
April264134
May366112
June372125
Average ’212.868.8126.6
British Airways – Global & European Ranking By Cancellations February – June 2021

Used Data

The shown information is based on OAG data and internal data sources. Rankings only included airlines that operated more than 500 flights in the respective month. However, the global benchmark includes all tracked flights. On average, 280 airlines are included in each month’s analysis.

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