Special Report

Airlines With the Most Delays

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Add to all that flight delays, which happen often and can certainly put a damper on the beginning or end of an otherwise perfect vacation. Based on a review of data compiled by FlightStats, which tracks monthly flight data by airline, 24/7 Wall St. has identified the airlines with the most delays.

Whether you’re flying lux with a glass of Champagne in hand or wedged between two beefy football players in economy class, you all take off and arrive at the same time. Flight delays are a fact of life of modern air travel.

When it comes to flight delays, not all air carriers are not created equally. Airlines have very different track records when it comes to delays because of their travel routes, weather, and other factors. Delays can cause travelers to miss a connecting flight, a scheduled business meetings, or simply eat away at their priceless vacation time — despite the high ticket prices the travelers paid for the promised service.

Flight problems account for the biggest percentage of problems involving air travel, which are divided into three categories — flight delays, misconnections, and cancellations. These are the biggest air travel complaints of 2018, according to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association.

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To identify the airlines with the most delays, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the share of total flights that were delayed for at least 15 minutes in July by airline. Only major airlines were considered. We also considered the total number of flights that were cancelled and the average length of delays in July. All data came from airline data website Flightstats.

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