Faced with major disruptions, more passengers are asking about the best times and routes to travel. Here’s an overview.
Faced with major disruptions, more passengers are wondering about the best times and routes to travel. Planning is more essential than ever for a smooth flight, given the hitches of the past month.
A tidal wave of delays and cancellations arrived at UK, US and EU airports in June, NZ Herald reports.
Problems with baggage handling at Heathrow, labor shortages at US airports and last-minute cancellations have led to travel misery. There were even bills from pilots getting out of their plane to get rid of the baggage backlog.
Last week there were 14,500 cancellations and 34,000 delays in international airspace, according to air traffic monitor FlightAware.
However, this disruption has affected the passengers unevenly. You can escape some of the chaos if you choose the right airline, route and time to travel.
The best times to travel
According to FlightRadar24’s data and OAG’s load of cancellations over the past month, the best times to fly are late mornings between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., it was reported. The Telegraph†
Only 0.75 percent of flights were canceled in the hour before noon, making this off-peak period the safest time to fly.
Later flights increase the risk of cancellation. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., an average of 138 flights were canceled — or about 3 percent.
The best day to fly
Saturday is the best time to fly, according to the data. With only 157 departing flights, that’s a much better bet than Sunday.
Sunday was not a rest day for those arranging travel with 256 canceled flights from the UK. Two percent of all flights were grounded, making it a day to avoid.
The best and worst airlines to fly
Looking at flightaware delays and cancellations, some international airlines experienced less disruption than others. Looking at the on-time arrivals of the past week.
Japan’s All Nippon Airlines was the most reliable, with fewer than 10 planes (less than 1 percent) canceled per day. This is on top of an impressive on-time record of 97 percent.
Turkish Airlines also performed well, canceling less than one in 380 flights, despite operating 735 late flights.
Ryanair and easyJet all achieved an impressive cancellation rate of less than 1 percent, but they were plagued by major delays.
Ryanair and easyJet saw between 20 and 40 percent of flights delayed by more than 30 minutes. Or an average of about 600 flights that arrive late per day.
China Eastern and Tianjin Airlines saw 16 percent and 28 percent of flights fall off the board, or about 500 flights a day.
However, it was Spring Airlines that saw one of the worst performance records.
Nearly 50 percent of international flights have been canceled in the past three days.
June was a bad month for KLM
The Dutch airline saw no less than 5 percent cancellation rates in June. The disruption was so bad that the airline stopped selling flights to Amsterdam Schiphol at the beginning of this month to prevent overcrowding.
On this side of the world, New Zealand had a failure rate of 14 percent last week, compared to 21 percent for Jetstar and 15 percent for Qantas.
Best and Worst Airports for Disruption
Disruptions at New York airports caused La Guardia to experience spikes of 17 percent of daily flights canceled and Newark Liberty suffered about 14 percent of international flights being canceled. However, JFK managed to cruise along with 96 percent of daily flights departing.
The disruption to London was felt worse at some airports than others, according to FlightRadar24 data. London Stansted in the northeast saw the fewest cancellations with just 1 in 720 services cancelled.
London City Airport was the hardest hit, with a disastrous 33 – or 3 percent – of flights falling on the central runway in London’s port areas.
Even in the worst-hit cities, some travel hubs moved faster than others.
This article originally appeared on NZ Herald and was republished with permission
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