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

Lufthansa — Flights, Punctuality & Cancellations in 2021

We put together some of the most relevant data about Lufthansa’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
Pre-COVID Benchmark

Flight Punctuality
Monthly Punctuality Overview
Global & European Ranking By Punctuality

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

Lufthansa — Flight Analysis

We kick off the analysis with details about Lufthansa’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

Corona has massively impacted Lufthansa’s operations. As a result, compared to normal operations, the German airline performed a tiny amount of flights at the beginning of the year. However, Lufthansa has been able to increase the monthly number of flights constantly. Germany’s flag carrier has grown from 5,700 flights in February to more than 16,000 flights in June.

MonthNo. Flightsvs. prev. Month
February5,705
March8,23344.3%
April10,59028.6%
May12,68819.8%
June16,08826.7%
Avg. ’2110,660
Lufthansa – Number of Monthly Flights February – June 2021

Although Lufthansa’s number of flights has grown steadily, its share in terms of overall EMEA traffic hasn’t increased during the entire period. Whereas Lufthansa could grow its share from 2.7% in February to almost 4% in May, the value decreased in June. This is a fascinating figure. Since Lufthansa’s share decreased in June, although the airline operated 26.7% more flights, other carriers seem to rebound quicker.

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

Global & European Ranking By Number of Flights

Again due to COVID, Lufthansa ranked 48th among the world’s biggest airlines by flights. Nevertheless, the carrier has managed to improve its position constantly and ranked 21st in June. Compared to other airlines from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Lufthansa has struggled to enter the top 3. In June, Ryanair (38,000), Turkish Airlines (26,000), Aeroflot (23,000), and Air France (22,000) operated more flights than the German carrier.

MonthDomestic RankEMEA RankGlobal Rank
February11148
March1941
April1428
May1422
June1521
Average ’2116,632
Lufthansa – Global & European Ranking By Flight Numbers
Lufthansa Average Monthly Flights in 2021

Pre-COVID Benchmark

Besides the comparison to other airlines and the development during the last months, it is essential to compare this year’s flight figures to pre-COVID results. Sadly, this shows how far Lufthansa (And of course other airlines too) is aways from its pre-COVID level. Compared to February 2019, Lufthansa operated almost 35,000 fewer flights in February 2021. In other words, Lufthansa operated 14% of the flights it had operated in 2019. However, go to see that Lufthansa’s traffic is slowly recovering. In June, Lufthansa operated 34.5% of flights compared to June 2019.

MonthFlights 2021Flights 2019’21 vs. ’19 (abs)’21 vs. ’19 (%)
February5,70540,57534,870 85.9
March8,23346,09637,863 82.1
April10,59045,52334,933 76.1
May12,68849,12936,441 74.1
June16,08846,69030,602 65.5
Avg. ’2110,66045,60234,941 76.8
Lufthansa – Number of Monthly Flights Compared to Pre-COVID
Lufthansa flights 2021 compared to 2021

Lufthansa – Flight Punctuality

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

Monthly Puncutality Overview

Despite the relatively low number of flights, Lufthansa hasn’t achieved superior punctuality from February to June. On the contrary, Lufthansa’s average on-time performance is only slightly better than the EMEA average. Also, compared to other big carriers (Ryanair >92%, Aeroflot >92%, KLM >90%), Lufthansa’s results in terms of punctuality seem to have room for optimization.

FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneMonthly Average ’21
Lufthansa78.6%85.6%88.9%86.7%84.9%84.9%
EMEA Average73.9%85.7%85.6%85.2%83.6%82.8%
Lufthansa – Punctuality for Flights February – June 2021
Lufthansa Average Flight Punctuality in 2021

Lufthansa Flights — Global & European Ranking By Punctuality

Based on the weak performance, Lufthansa ranks in the midfield from a global point of view. Moreover, compared to EMEA airlines, Lufthansa ranks on positions >50.

MonthDomestic RankEMEA RankGlobal Rank
February250118
March253111
April34384
May356100
June464108
Average ’212.853.2104.2
Lufthansa – Global & European Ranking By Punctuality

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Lufthansa Flight Cancellations

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

Monthly Cancellation Overview

In terms of flight cancellations, Lufthansa achieved very good results. The German airline managed to operate its flights with a cancellation rate below 1%. Moreover, in March, April, and June, Lufthansa’s cancellation rate was a shallow level of 0.2%. Therefore, compared to the EMEA average, Lufthansa’s results are 3.5 pp. better.

FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneMonthly Average ’21
Lufthansa0.8%0.2%0.2%0.6%0.2%0.4%
EMEA Average6.8%2.7%2.5%4.0%3.6%3.9%
Lufthansa – Cancellation February – June 2021
Lufthansa Average Flight Cancellation Rate in 2021

Lufthansa Flights — European Ranking by Cancellations

Compared to EMEA and global airlines, the airline achieved solid results: Globally, Lufthansa ranks 59th and EMEA-wise on position 34 on average.

MonthDomestic RankEMEA RankGlobal Rank
February23160
March22746
April22548
May34680
June34263
Average ’212.434.259.4
Lufthansa – 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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