I recently had 2 delays on 3 flights taken on domestic trips to the US. With airport staffing shortages and a sharp recovery in demand for air travel, I believe no traveler can escape flight disruptions.
Let’s take a look at some statistics on airport delays and flight cancellations:
Airports with the most cancellations in Europe
- Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: 14,200 flights
- Frankfurt Airport: 8,600 flights
- London Heathrow: 8,200 flights
- London Gatwick: 6,800 flights
- Munich Airport: 6,400 flights
*Flight cancellations between April 1st and June 29th
Flight cancellations in the UK
- Air France/KLM: 2,135 scheduled departures, 113 cancellations (5.3%)
- EasyJet: 15,601 scheduled departures, 738 cancellations (4.7%)
- British Airways: 11,590 scheduled departures, 419 cancellations (3.6%)
- Lufthansa: 1,080 scheduled departures, 38 cancellations (3.5%)
- Ryanair: 12,105 scheduled departures, 32 cancellations (0.3%)
Airline delays and cancellations in the United States
US flight statistics June 8 – July 7:
- Scheduled flights: 782,267
- Canceled flights: 19,640 (2.5%)
- Delayed flights: 179,468 (22.9%)
US Airline Cancellation and Delay Statistics (Main Line Flights)
- American Airlines: 93,040 scheduled flights, 4,358 canceled (4.68%), 26,105 delayed (28%)
- Delta Air Lines: 86,689 scheduled flights, 2,678 canceled (3%), 17,508 delayed (20%)
- United Airlines: 68,794 scheduled flights, 1,863 canceled (2.7%), 15,404 delayed (22%)
- Southwest Airlines: 115,833 scheduled flights, 1,058 canceled (0.91%), 33,615 delayed (29%)
10 travel tips
I share some useful tips on how to travel these days:
1. Try flying non-stop without connection, even if it may cost more. Too many domestic and regional flights are canceled at the last minute, messing up your multi-stop itinerary.
Consider other modes of transport for short trips as the queue at airport security is much longer.
Book flights in the morning. Try to avoid evening flights as the likelihood of your flight may be delayed due to roll-on delays.
2. Download your airline’s app and familiarize yourself with all functions. In the event of a delay or rerouting, try checking the airline’s app for the most up-to-date information. You may be able to resolve issues without calling or queuing at the customer service desk.
3. Monitor the airport website to see average time at security checkpoint and use flight tracking apps like Radarbox, FlightAware or FlightRadar24 to see airport flight delays.
4. Check in online before going to the airport. Monitor your flight in advance for Plan B.
5. Try to pack lightlybring only carry-on baggage as there is a high chance of baggage mishandling.
6. Have one fully charged phone with you on the day of travel. Plus a portable charger and adapter handy.