Aug 02. Air passengers globally have faced a summer of flight chaos, but those traveling with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have had it the worst. The Franco-Dutch carrier is Europe’s worst airline for flight delays, according to data published by aviation research firm Cirium.
KLM axed 5.8% of scheduled flights during the three months to July 26, according to Cirium’s data, which was reported by Bloomberg. The data compared a select list of 19 airlines from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
The data comes days after KLM’s owner Air France-KLM Group revealed, in its second quarter results, that compensating customers for flight delays had cost it 70 million euros ($71 million) during the second quarter of 2022.
KLM blamed labor shortages at airports in Europe and the US as the primary cause of its operational difficulties. The airline has hub at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, which is among the top 10 European airports in terms of flight delays, according to the online travel agency Hopper.