The Airline Performance Review brings you the latest performance stats of more than 50 of the world’s biggest airlines. Find out everything about how the world’s big carriers performed in terms of flights, punctuality, and schedule reliability. Here are the stats for 19th October 2021.

Airline Performance Review: Flights, OTP & Cancellations — 19th October

Several times a week, we post the latest stats of the world’s leading airlines. In detail, we look at flight volume, on-time performance, and schedule reliability of the recent day. We analyze the list of airlines currently containing 54 carriers from three continents (Europe, North America, and Asia). Here’s what’s included in detail:

Airline With Most Flights on 19th October 2021
Airline Review: Most Punctual Airlines on 19th October 2021
Airline Review: Least Punctual Airlines on 19th October 2021
Airline Review: Most Reliable Airlines on 19th October 2021
Airline Review: Least Reliable Airlines on 19th October 2021
Contained Airlines
Definitions
Data Source

Airline Review: Airline With Most Flights on 19th October 2021

American Airlines - Busiest Airlines on 5th October 2021 by flight volume
American Airlines remains the airline with the highest flight volume

Overall, the list of the 15 biggest airlines by flight volume stayed the same on the 19th of October. Besides some more minor ups and downs, we don’t see many changes at the moment. However, that also means that European airlines aren’t further increasing their flight volume.

Therefore, it is very likely that we have to wait until November until airlines adjust their flight volume significantly again.

RankIATAAirlineFlights
1AAAmerican Airlines5,570
2DLDelta Air Lines4,204
3UAUnited Airlines4,116
4WNSouthwest Airlines3,375
5CZChina Southern Airlines2,354
6FRRyanair2,177
7MUChina Eastern Airlines2,165
8CAAir China1,478
96EIndiGo1,309
10TKTurkish Airlines1,194
11ASAlaska Airlines995
12LHLufthansa842
13B6JetBlue Airways756
14U2easyJet750
15SUAeroflot714
16AFAir France643
17HUHainan Airlines621
18W6Wizz Air580
19KLKLM515
20BABritish Airways498
Airline Review: Airline With Most Flights on 19th October 2021

Airline Review: Most Punctual Airlines on 19th October 2021

Air Serbia achieved a 100% on-time performance on 19th October (Picture source: Wikipedia)

Today, it’s Air Serbia that leads the list of the most punctual airlines. Moreover, the Serbian flag carrier achieved to operate all of its flights on time. However, worth mentioning that Air Serbia —currently— has a limited flight volume. On the 19th of October, Air Serbia operated (only) 29 flights.

Besides, we have the common guests among the top 15: Vueling with a solid on-time performance of 98.8%, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Aeroflot. Austrian Airlines also continued to deliver reliable performance and operated more than 96% of its flights on time.

Moreover, with Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and American Airlines, we have three major U.S. carriers in the top 15. On top of that, the three airlines achieved punctuality above 90%.

RankIATAAirlinePunctuality (%)
1JUAir Serbia100
2VYVueling98,9
3OSAustrian Airlines96,1
4SGSpiceJet95,7
5TPTAP Air Portugal95,7
6IBIberia95,6
7EIAer Lingus95,5
8SUAeroflot95,5
9DLDelta Air Lines95,1
10EWEurowings94,5
11UAUnited Airlines94,5
12WYOman Air94,4
13S7S7 Airlines94,1
14SNBrussels Airlines94,0
15AAAmerican Airlines93,9
Airline Review: Airline With Most Flights on 19th October 2021

Airline Review: Least Punctual Airlines on 19th October 2021

Today, it’s Southwest Airlines that achieved the poorest on-time performance

At the bottom of the list we Southwest Airlines, together with Indian airlines (Air India and GoAir) and carriers from the Middle East (flyDubai and Etihad). Both major European low-cost carriers (Ryanair and Wizz Air) are also (again) among the list of low performers.

RankIATAAirlinePunctuality (%)
40FRRyanair86,7
41TKTurkish Airlines86,1
42W6Wizz Air82,4
44SK SAS – Scandinavian Airlines81,2
45VSVirgin Atlantic80,4
46PCPegasus Airlines80,1
47AYFinnair79,8
48WFWideroe78,8
49AIAir India77,6
50DPPobeda76,3
51FZflyDubai76,1
52EYEtihad75,0
53G8GoAir73,2
54WNSouthwest Airlines68,2
Airline Review: Least Punctual Airlines on 19th October 2021

Airline Review: Most Reliable Airlines on 19th October 2021

Once again, it’s Wizz Air that leads the most reliable airlines

Similar to many other days in October, Wizz Air leads the list of the most reliable airlines. Moreover, out of 54 analyzed airlines, 19 did not cancel a single flight.

RankIATAAirlineReliability (%)Canceled Flights
1W6Wizz Air1000
2KLKLM1000
3PCPegasus Airlines1000
4IBIberia1000
5S7S7 Airlines1000
6VYVueling1000
7DYNorwegian1000
8DPPobeda1000
9LXSwiss1000
10OSAustrian Airlines1000
11SNBrussels Airlines1000
12UXAir Europa1000
13A3Aegean Airlines1000
14EIAer Lingus1000
15GFGulf Air1000
Airline Review: Most Reliable Airlines on 19th October 2021

Airline Review: Least Reliable Airlines on 19th October 2021

Air China canceled more than 200 flights on 19th October

Chinese carriers play an important role when looking at the airlines that canceled most flights. Four out of the flop-five airlines are from China with Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Hainan Airlines. Overall, the four airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights on the 19th of October.

RankIATAAirlineReliability (%)Canceled Flights
40TKTurkish Airlines98,715
41AIAir India98,35
42G8GoAir97,66
44G9Air Arabia97,63
45AZAlitalia97,46
46SK SAS – Scandinavian Airlines96,417
47WFWideroe95,816
48EYEtihad95,35
49XYflynas89,116
50HUHainan Airlines88,571
51MUChina Eastern Airlines87,1278
52SGSpiceJet86,448
53CZChina Southern Airlines85,5339
54CAAir China84,5228
Airline Review: Least Reliable Airlines on 19th October 2021

Background

Contained Airlines

Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air Serbia, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Airlines, easyJet, Emirates, Etihad, Eurowings, Finnair, flyDubai, flynas, GoAir, Gulf Air, Hainan Airlines, Iberia, IndiGo, JetBlue Airways, KLM, Kuwait Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Oman Air, Pegasus Airlines, Pobeda, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, S7 Airlines, SAS – Scandinavian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, SpiceJet, Swiss, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Vueling, Wideroe, Wizz Air

Definitions

Flight Volume
In our case, we define flight volume as the number of flights the airline will perform in a certain period, September 2021.

Punctuality
Punctuality counts all flights that arrive on time at their destination airport and puts them into relation to the overall operated number of flights. On-time in this context is defined as +15/-15 compared to the scheduled arrival time. We consider an on-time performance above 90% as good (green), from 80%-90% as ok (orange), and below 80% as weak (red).

Flight Schedule Reliability (Reliability)
Schedule reliability counts the number of actually performed flights concerning scheduled flights. In other words, the percentage of flights that an airline didn’t cancel. We consider schedule reliability above 95% as good (green), from 90%-95% as ok (orange), and below 90% as weak (red).

Data Source

The shown data is based on the latest FlightFacts data. FlightFacts is a free-to-use mobile app that lets you discover the operational performance of airlines and airports in real-time. For more information about FlightFacts, click here or visit our download page. FlightsFacts is available for Android and Apple mobiles and is used by more than 10,000 aviation employees and enthusiasts worldwide!

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