Flight cancellation rate halved in July, according to OAG

The proportion of flights being cancelled halved through the course of July, according to aviation data provider OAG which revealed Jet2 was the only major airline operating from the UK not to cancel a flight.

The rate of flight cancellations in Western Europe fell from more than 3% in the second week of July to just above 1.5% in the third week and 1.47% in the final week when the summer peak season got underway in England and Wales.

The fall in cancellations followed caps on the number of departing passengers imposed at Heathrow and Gatwick, as well as at Amsterdam Schiphol and Frankfurt.

OAG reported Jet2 was the sole UK carrier not to cancel a flight last month.

Ryanair cancelled 1.2% of its flights, easyJet 1.3%, British Airways 3.6% and Wizz Air 19%, according to OAG.

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Jet2 reported it carried more than two million passengers in July, with the weekend of July 23-24 the busiest in its history when more than 800 flights departed.

In a statement, the carrier praised its “proactive” recruitment plan in autumn 2021 which meant it has not had to cancel any flights due to staff shortages – a recurring problem for other airlines.

Steve Heapy, Jet2 and Jet2holidays chief executive, said: “There has been a lot of focus on the disruption affecting our industry, but this data shows it is not all bad news.

“This summer is proving to be incredibly busy. [But] because we prepared well in advance, we are flying millions of holidaymakers to and from their destinations without having to cancel their plans.

“We can proudly say we operated every single flight despite July being the busiest month in our entire history.”

Heapy suggested: “This data published by OAG is proof that Jet2 is the airline customers and independent travel agents can trust.”

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