Flying anywhere is stressful enough without having to deal with the delays, cancellations, and gate changes. But quite honestly, delays have been so common on some Canadian airlines that it is just expected at this point. According to a new study, Canadian airlines are among the worst in the world for flight delays.
According to a new study, all but one Canadian airline ranked at the bottom of the list for on-time performance. Altogether 125 airlines were surveyed during the ranking. Coming in at number one out of all the Canadian airlines was WestJet. At 57th place, it has settled with 77.1% of flights arriving on time.
Our nation's worst performer was Sunwing. In fact, this airline is so bad for delays, that it was rated the second-worst airline in the entire world, coming in at 124th place! Apparently, only 57.8% of its flights arrive and depart on time.
Sunwing’s insanely low rating on the list isn’t surprising isn’t all that alarming considering the hot water it has been under recently. Earlier this year, Sunwing was fined $694,500 by the Canadian Transportation Agency for flight delays, losing baggage, and more!
According to the report, Canada’s best airport was in Grande Prairie, Alberta. It ranked as 108th out of 505 airports surveyed.
Apparently, it’s no surprise when we say Canadian airlines aren’t exactly known for being the best. In a Claim Compass survey that was conducted just one month ago, Air Canada was ranked as one of the worst airlines in the world when it comes to flight delays.
This research revealed that in 2018, 24.3% of all flights were delayed by 15 minutes or more! That can be a lot of added stress to travellers. They also found that the average time of delay per flight reached 47 minutes.
In a different travel study also involving Canada, Americans surprisingly beat out Canadians as being the more polite travellers. But once you consider the amount of time we wait on the tarmac or inside the airport, this might make sense!
Maybe it’s time to start going on cruises?