Must-Know Flight Cancellation Statistics [Current Data]

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In this post, we explore a range of staggering flight cancellation statistics that shed light on the significant impact of various factors such as COVID-19, weather conditions, and other disruptions on the global airline industry. From the massive number of flights grounded during the pandemic to the financial implications for airlines, these statistics provide a comprehensive picture of the challenges faced by both travelers and the aviation sector.

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"In the first half of 2020, airlines canceled 57.9% of all scheduled flights on account of COVID-19."

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"1.5 million flights were canceled during the first wave of Covid-19 in 2020."

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"In February 2021, 14,283 flights were cancelled worldwide."

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"U.S. airlines canceled 41,000 flights in a single day at the peak of the snowstorm in January 2016."

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"Southwest Airlines canceled 27,825 flights in August 2021."

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"46.4% flight cancellations in 2020 was due to Covid-19."

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"In 2019, there were around 324,000 flights canceled globally."

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"23% of flight cancellations in 2019 were due to bad weather."

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"Approximately 18% of the flight cancellations happened within 24 hours of their departure."

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"42% of global flight cancellations in February 2020 were due to COVID-19."

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"Flight cancellations cost the airline industry an estimated $5.8 billion in 2020 during the first quarter."

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"The average rate of flights cancelled globally was 1.43% in 2018."

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"More than 90% of flights at Houston’s two main airports were cancelled during Hurricane Harvey in 2017."

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"The COVID-19 led to a 46.4% drop in April-May 2020 due to more than 10 million flight cancellations."

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"275,000 passengers had flights cancelled with an EU airline in the first week of August 2021."

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"41% of cancelled flights in the US account for almost half of all passengers affected by flight disruption."

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"Flights to China saw a 75% cancellation rate during January 2020 due to Covid-19."

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The statistics presented vividly illustrate the significant impact of various factors on flight cancellations globally, particularly highlighting the profound disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The unprecedented scale of flight cancellations due to Covid-19 in 2020 underscores the challenges faced by the airline industry, resulting in substantial financial losses. Weather-related cancellations also play a notable role, along with last-minute disruptions close to departure times. These statistics underscore the importance of robust contingency planning and resilient operational strategies for airlines to navigate unexpected challenges and mitigate the impact on passengers and the industry as a whole.

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