Today’s weekly airline performance analysis takes a closer look at some of Europe’s flag carriers: LOT Polish Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, and TAP Air Portugal. Find out everything about the carrier’s performance regarding flight volume, punctuality, and cancellations in August.

LOT, SAS, TAP — Weekly Performance Analysis — 25 August

LOT Polish Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, TAP Air Portugal — Weekly Performance Analysis — 25 August

The weekly airline performance analysis brings you the most-up-date statistics. Every week we analyze different airlines in terms of flight volume, punctuality, and cancellations in the current month. Today, we present some of Europe’s flag carriers: LOT Polish Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, and TAP Air Portugal.

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LOT Polish Airlines
SAS Scandinavian Airlines
TAP Air Portugal

LOT Polish Airlines

LOT is the flag carrier of Poland and one of the country’s biggest airlines. The airline operates out of its hub in Warsaw.

Flight Volume, Cancellations, and On-Time Performance

From 1st to 24th August, LOT has operated 5,200 flights. However, the carrier delivered a stable program without additional growth Intra-August. On average, LOT’s daily flight volume has been 215. Overall, Poland’s flag carrier had to cancel only four flights resulting in an exceptional cancellation rate. Moreover, LOT delivered solid punctuality results and ended most of the days above 90%.

LOT Polish Airlines - Flight Volume August
LOT Polish Airlines – Flight Volume August
LOT Polish Airlines- Cancellations August
LOT Polish Airlines- Cancellations August
LOT Polish Airlines - OTP August
LOT Polish Airlines – OTP August

Airline Performance Assessment

Compared to LOT’s annual OTP performance, the airline is performing above average. At the moment, LOT is more than 5pp above the yearly average. In terms of cancellations, LOT is also doing better than the annual average and delivered a strong cancellation rate of only 0.2%

For August, we currently forecast a flight volume of 6,500. If this plays out, LOT will record a stagnation in terms of flight growth.

LOT Polish Airlines - OTP Assessment
LOT Polish Airlines – OTP Assessment
LOT Polish Airlines - Cancellation Assessment
LOT Polish Airlines – Cancellation Assessment
LOT Polish Airlines - Flight Volume Forecast
LOT Polish Airlines – Flight Volume Forecast

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SAS Scandinavian Airlines

SAS is a Scandinavian airline group and the flag carrier of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

Flight Volume, Cancellations, and On-Time Performance

From 1st to 24th August, SAS has operated almost 10,000 flights. However, the daily flight volume seems to be quite volatile and bounces between 300 and 450. As a result, although SAS slightly increased the flight volume intra-August, the airline also recorded some drops on some days. Moreover, in terms of cancellations, SAS seems to face some severe issues at the moment. As a result, SAS had to cancel more than 200 flights in August already. Nevertheless, Punctuality-wise, the Scandinavian flag carrier delivers solid results.

SAS Scandinavian - Flight Volume August
SAS Scandinavian – Flight Volume August
SAS Scandinavian - Cancellations August
SAS Scandinavian – Cancellations August
SAS Scandinavian - OTP August
SAS Scandinavian – OTP August

Airline Performance Assessment

In August, SAS, so far, has operated above its annual on-time performance level. On the other side, SAS’s cancellation rate has dropped sharply compared to its yearly average: Currently, SAS performs 1.5pp below the annual average.

For the entire month, we currently forecast a flight volume of 12,500 flights. Compared to July, this would result in a moderate growth of 8%.

SAS Scandinavian - OTP Assessment
SAS Scandinavian – OTP Assessment
SAS Scandinavian - Cancellation Assessment
SAS Scandinavian – Cancellation Assessment
SAS Scandinavian - Flight Volume Forecast
SAS Scandinavian – Flight Volume Forecast

TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal is Portugal’s flag carrier and the country’s biggest airline. TAP operates out of its hub in Lisbon and is part of the StarAlliance airline alliance.

Flight Volume, Cancellations, and On-Time Performance

From 1st to 24th August, TAP has operated slightly more than 5,500 flights. Overall, the airline delivered a very stable flight program, as the graphic on the left shows. Except for the 1st of August, TAP had to cancel a meager amount of flights. Same accounts for TAP’s punctuality.

TAP Portugal - Flight Volume August
TAP Portugal – Flight Volume August
TAP Portugal - Cancellations August
TAP Portugal – Cancellations August
TAP Portugal - OTP August
TAP Portugal – OTP August

Airline Performance Assessment

With an on-time performance of 91.3%, TAP is on its way to improve its annual OTP performance. However, and more important, TAP operates on a much lower cancellation level than its yearly average. Currently, the airline’s cancellation rate in August is 2.5pp below the annual average.

For the entire month, we forecast a flight volume of 7,200. If this plays out, TAP’s volume will increase only slightly or even stagnate.

TAP Portugal - OTP Assessment
TAP Portugal – OTP Assessment
TAP Portugal - Cancellation Assessment
TAP Portugal – Cancellation Assessment
TAP Portugal - Flight Volume Forecast
TAP Portugal – Flight Volume Forecast

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