November 5. Airlines have had a rough couple of months with delays and cancelations, with many major US carriers experiencing operational meltdowns leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
In early August, low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines had a five-day breakdown in which nearly 3,000 flights were canceled, costing the airline about $50 million in revenue.
Then, over the Columbus Day weekend in October, Southwest Airlines experienced a combination of weather, staffing shortages, and air traffic control issues that snowballed into over 2,000 flight cancelations.
Most recently, American Airlines had its own slew of flight cancelations over Halloween weekend, saying strong winds in Dallas led to system-wide disruptions. More than 2,000 flights were canceled in four days, impacting over 136,000 passengers.
As the holiday season draws near, travelers are beginning to worry if they will get to their destination on time. However, a new study by The Family Vacation Guide revealed the airlines and airports that are most and least likely to experience delays or cancelations, and it could help travelers in their vacation planning.
According to the study, only three airlines had more than 20% of their flights canceled or delayed over the two-year period. BTS defines a delayed flight as arriving at least 15 minutes late. The bottom three carriers include Frontier Airlines with 21.24% of flights late or canceled, JetBlue Airways with 23.20% and Allegiant Air with 27.31%, making it the airline most likely to delay or cancel a flight.