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No one likes to be delayed when traveling, and in fact, I would guess it’s one of the top things people try to avoid at all costs when going on vacation. One thing you may want to consider the next time you book an international trip is the likelihood your flight may get delayed, which is something most people don’t often consider. Thanks to FlightStats (by way of Bloomberg), we have a list of airlines with low delay rates, as well as high delay rates. You may want to consult this list then next time you book that international flight!

NOTE:  These statistics are compiled from hundreds of sources over the course of 2016. These numbers apply to flights operated in 2016. 

5. Asiana Airlines, 37.5% of flights delayed

An Asiana 747-400, image courtesy of Edward Leong.

An Asiana 747-400, image courtesy of Edwin Leong.

Asiana is a member of Star Alliance, with hubs at Incheon International Airport (ICN) and Gimpo International Airport (GMP; both serving Seoul, South Korea).

4. Philippine Airlines, 38.3% of flights delayed

Philippine Airlines Airbus A320-200, image courtesy of Aero Icarus.

Philippine Airlines Airbus A320-200, image courtesy of Aero Icarus.

Philippine Airlines is not part of a global airline alliance, but they codeshare with Hawaiian Airlines. Their hubs are at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila) and Mactan-Cebu International Airport (Cebu).

3. Air India, 38.7% of flights delayed

An Air India Boeing 777-200. Image courtesy of MitRebuad.

An Air India Boeing 777-200. Image courtesy of MitRebuad.

Air India is also a member of Star Alliance, with hubs in Delhi and Mumbai. They currently fly to four American cities: Chicago, New York, Newark, and San Francisco.

2. Icelandair, 41.0% of flights delayed

An Icelandair Boeing 757-200 landing at Frankfurt International Airport. Image courtesy of Lasse Fuss.

An Icelandair Boeing 757-200 landing at Frankfurt International Airport. Image courtesy of Lasse Fuss.

Icelandair does not belong to a global airline alliance, but they codeshare with Alaska Airlines and jetBlue. Their sole hub is located at Keflavik International Airport (KEF). If you’re ever in need of a fun fact (maybe while you’re delayed), all of Icelandair’s aircraft are named after volcanos.

1. El Al, 56.0% of flights delayed

An El Al 777-200 landing at London Heathrow. Image courtesy of Arpingstone.

An El Al 777-200 landing at London Heathrow. Image courtesy of Arpingstone.

Yep, you read that right! In 2016, 56% of El Al flights were delayed. That’s an insane amount of flights per day, and I am really curious as to what caused El Al to have the (dubious) honor of achieving first place. El Al is not part of an airline alliance, and their sole hub is located at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv (TLV).

Conclusion

Definitely a poor showing by Star Alliance members – better luck next year! Of the two lists complied by FlightStats (the 10 least delayed airlines and the 10 most delayed airlines), only one American carrier appeared: Delta Air Lines. Thankfully, they made the least delayed list, coming between TAM and Singapore.

You won’t be able to escape delays, no matter what airline you fly, but it’s good to know which carriers to avoid (if you can) so that you arrive at your destination relaxed and on time!

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