How Emirates compares globally for flight delays, cancellations

Emirates has been named among the world's most reliable carriers with nearly 85% of its flights arriving without delay
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Emirates has been named among the world's most reliable carriers with nearly 85 percent of its flights arriving without delay, according to a new report.

Research undertaken by Get Going travel insurance showed that the Dubai-based airline ranked sixth globally, while also scoring a perfect 10 out of 10 for safety.

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It said 15.17 percent of Emirates flights were delayed while it cancelled just 0.23 percent of flights, the lowest of all airlines, and had an average delay waiting time of just over 37 minutes.

Japan Airlines, which operates 126 domestic and 54 international routes, came out overall on top, with 10.54 percent of flights being delayed and 1.05 percent of flights cancelled across November.
Dutch-based KLM Cityhopper and the largest airline in India, IndiGo, round out the top three with impressive scores across the board.
Budget US-based, Frontier Airlines, was found to be the least reliable airline with 30.64 percent of flights cancelled, and an average delay time of over an hour.

With the recent spate of airlines cancelling huge numbers of flights or collapsing entirely, Get Going travel insurance said it decided to look into which airlines are currently the most reliable and therefore your best bet for flying in 2019.

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It said five key factors were taken into account from the month of November 2018, including percentage of flights delayed, average delay waiting time, the percentage of flights cancelled, safety ranking and customer rating.

At the wrong end of the results, Frontier Airlines came out as the least reliable from the 50 global airlines studied while American Airlines was second worst, with 18.07 percent of flights being delayed and passengers waiting around 61 minutes on average.

Get Going travel insurance spokesperson Josh Hancock said: “With people beginning to plan their holidays for the year, everyone wants to be reassured that things will go according to plan when they book their flight. By updating our research this year, we hope that travellers can be confident in their choices and also avoid any unnecessary hassle that could potentially ruin what is supposed to be a relaxing and enjoyable time.”

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