A report released recently by travel intelligence provider Mabrian Technologies reveals the top 10 airlines by flight cancellations in Europe.
According to the report, Easyjet ranks first on the list with 1,394 cancelled flights for the July 1-15 period. It is followed by Turkish Airlines in second place with 399 cancelled flights, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) in third position, Wizz Air and Vueling in fourth and fifth spot, respectively.
Mabrian analyzed data relating to European airline scheduling over the last few weeks in response to the operational challenges that many are facing, comparing how many flights were scheduled on June 14 to operate between July 1-15, compared to scheduled flights for the same period as of June 28.
The data does not include flights cancelled at the last minute.
“Just looking at the top 10 by cancellations based on this data we can see over 2,000 flights cancelled across Europe just for the July 1–15 period. We’ve never seen anything like this and it is a reflection of the labour difficulties that airlines and airports are having right now, making them unable to return to 2019 capacity levels,” Mabrian Director of Sales and Marketing Carlos Cendra says.
According to Cendra, it is highly unusual to see airlines cancelling scheduled flights at such short notice, literally weeks before takeoff, right at the peak of the summer season.
However, whilst easyJet ‘s overall number of flights cancelled is 1,394, as a percentage of their air capacity it is fair to point out that this is just 5.5 percent (or one in 20 flights) and that, perhaps surprisingly, it is Turkish Airlines that has the highest ratio of cancelled flights, at nearly 7 percent.
“We must keep some perspective on this overall situation, as when we look at the overall numbers in terms of percentage of the air capacity of an airline, what we notice is that in many cases the cancellations in relative terms are very low – the lowest rate of the top 10 being Air Europa with under 0.5 percent of flights cancelled, which means that 199 out of 200 are still scheduled to fly,” Cendra explains.
The international aviation industry is at the moment suffering from staff shortages.