When you're travelling you shouldn't have to worry about how safe the company behind your plane is but some really are better than others. The safest airlines in the world include only one Canadian name. New rankings put WestJet as one of the best airlines in the world when it comes to safety.

Travelling is supposed to be fun and relaxing, so you really don't want to be thinking about whether or not the airline that's taking you to your destination is safe.

When it comes to Canadian carriers, only WestJet makes it into the rankings as one of the safest in the world.

AirlineRatings looked at 405 airlines across the world and compiled rankings of the top 20 safest ones and, because of public interest, the top 10 safest and best low-cost carriers.

Among those rankings for cheaper travellers was WestJet as one of the best when it comes to passenger safety. 

To figure out which carriers are truly the safest, the organization behind the list looked at the crash and serious incident records for each airline, their safety initiatives, how old their planes are and more.

"All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems," said Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of AirlineRatings. "It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one."

Joining WestJet in the top 10 are Air Arabia, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, IndiGo, Jetblue, Volaris, Vueling, and Wizz.

All of these airlines, unlike a bunch of low-cost carriers, have made the list for the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit and have amazing safety records.

WestJet has been around since 1996 and has hubs in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, with flights to more than 100 destinations around the world.


While WestJet is representing the low-cost carriers, for the overall ranking of the top 20 safest airlines, no Canadian airlines made the list.

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