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Iberia — Flights, Punctuality & Cancellations in 2021

The biggest operational analysis of Spain's flag carrier. We've analyzed and benchmarked Iberia's flights, punctuality, and cancellation rates in 2021. Here are the results!

Iberia — Flights, Punctuality & Cancellations in 2021

We put together some of the most relevant data about Iberia’s 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:

Flight Analysis
Monthly Flight Overview
Global & Europen Ranking By Number of Flights

Flight Punctuality
Monthly Punctuality Overview
Global & European Ranking By Punctuality

Flight Cancellations
Monthly Cancellation Overview
Global & European Ranking By Cancellation Rate

Iberia — Flight Analysis

We kick off the analysis with details about Iberia’s flights from February to June 2021. Then, on top of the overall numbers, we also provide details about the airline’s share in terms of EMEA traffic and the carrier’s ranking compared to other European and global airlines. So let’s get into it!

Monthly Flight Overview

Due to COVID-19, Iberia started the year with a relatively low number of flights. However, since February, the carrier has constantly been increasing its monthly flights. Moreover, Iberia has been able to realize double-digit month-on-month growth. Finally, and based on a more than 22% growth rate, Iberia operated more than 10,000 flights in June.

MonthNo. Flightsvs. prev. Month
Avg. ’217,831
Iberia — Number of Monthly Flights February – June 2021

The share of flights performed by Iberia in relation to total EMEA flights has been quite stable during the entire period. From February to April, Iberia maintained a share of 2.7%. Afterward, Iberia’s share slightly decreased to 2.6% and 2.3% during May and June, respectively. Nevertheless, this —most likely— is a result of other airlines restarting their operations and growing faster than Iberia.

Iberia's Share In Relation to Total EMEA Flights
Iberia’s Share In Relation to Total EMEA Flights
Iberia's - Number of flights per month
Iberia’s – Number of flights per month

Global & European Ranking By Number of Flights

When comparing Iberia’s flights with other airlines, the Spanish airline achieves solid results. On a global scale, Iberia ranks in the first quarter and has continuously improved its ranking. Compared to European airlines, Iberia ranks 10th on average. Finally, compared to other Spanish airlines, Iberia has won the title of the biggest Spanish airlines in four of five analyzed months. Only in April, Vueling performed more flights than Iberia.

MonthDomestic Rank EMEA Rank Global Rank
Average ’211.210.441.6
Iberia – Global & European Ranking By Flight Numbers
Iberia's Average Monthly Flights in 2021

Iberia – Flight Punctuality

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

Monthly Puncutality Overview

Despite the continuous growth in terms of flights, Iberia achieved outstanding results when it comes to punctuality. From February to June, the Spanish airline achieved an on-time performance above 95% during the entire period from February to June. Moreover, in April and May, Iberia achieved punctuality values above 98%. As a result, Iberia’s monthly average was 14 pp. better than the EMEA average!

FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneMonthly Average ’21
EMEA Average73.9%85.7%85.6%85.2%83.6%82.8%
Iberia – Punctuality for Flights February – June 2021
Iberia's Average flight OTP in 2021

Iberia Flights — Global & European Ranking By Punctuality

Based on amazing results, Iberia achieved excellent rankings. Globally, the Spanish carrier ranks among the top 10 except for June. Moreover, when looking at EMEA, Iberia ranks among the top 3 except for June.

MonthDomestic RankEMEA RankGlobal Rank
Average ’
Iberia – Global & European Ranking By Punctuality


Iberia Flight Cancellations

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

Monthly Cancellation Overview

Although slightly weaker than the carrier’s punctuality results, Iberia also showed extraordinary performance in terms of cancellations. Except for April, Iberia operated with cancellation rates below 0.5%. As a result, compared to the EMEA average, Iberia’s result is 3.6 pp. better.

FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneMonthly Average ’21
EMEA Average6.8%2.7%2.5%4.0%3.6%3.9%
Iberia – Cancellation February – June 2021
Iberia Average Flight Cancellation Rate in 2021

Iberia Flights — European Ranking by Cancellations

Compared to EMEA and global airlines, the airline achieved solid results: Globally, Iberia ranked at position 50 and EMEA-wise on position 29 on average.

MonthDomestic RankEMEA RankGlobal Rank
Average ’213.228.649.8
Iberia – 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. Whenever stated, EMEA refers to airlines based in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa.

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