If you’ve read the news in the last few months, you may have seen the dozens of cancelations plaguing airlines every week. However, there are some statistically right times to fly, when the cases of cancelation are reduced dramatically. Here’s a look at the best time to fly to avoid being stranded in an airport.
Late morning is the best time to fly
An analysis by The Independent from May 7th to June 6th of UK airports discovered that the late morning is the best time to fly to avoid cancelation chaos. In special, flights between 10:00 and 13:00 were the least possible to be revoked, with only 0.75% of these services axed by airlines (28 flights that month).
Comparatively, the worst time to fly is the late evening, 18:00 to 21:00, with airlines removing 3% of all flights in those hours, a four-fold growth(138 flights that month). Therefore, booking a late morning flight now has the added benefit of getting you to your destination at the scheduled time (and a few extra hours of sleep).
The reason for this wide variance is cancelations arrive down to available help. As the day wraps up, airlines tend to run out of available crew and employees for their flights, getting them closer to curfews at some airports. While the morning might see airlines move staffers around to fill flights, this may not be likely at night.
While timing is one-half of the equation, selecting the right day can have an effect on your flight as well. The analysis suggests flying from Wednesday to Saturday to lower the chances of a revoked service. In particular, Saturday is the best day to fly, with 157 flights (1.3% of all departures) revoked from May 7th to June 6th on the day. Conversely, Sunday is the worst day to fly, with 256 departures axed (2%).
Monday and Tuesday have also seen high levels of cancelations, while Wednesday and Friday are far better for travelers. So on your next flight, try to fly on off-peak days to avoid the worst of the confusion.
Sunday and Monday tend to be the end of the journey for most holidays and business travelers, stretching airline availability thinly in current weeks. Meanwhile, fewer passengers tend to fly in or out during the week or on Saturday, making it more comfortable for airlines to employee up flights they have sold.
While avoiding Sunday and flying from 10-13:00 are the best advice to avoid cancelations, several more variables play a role too. For example, choosing the right airline this summer is crucial.
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The analysis found KLM to be the worst offender in cancelations out of the UK (one in 20 flights axed), followed by Flybe (one in 20) and EasyJet (one in 26). Meanwhile, Ryanair and Jet2 shined through with only three (one in 4,366) and 5 cancelations (one in 1,037), respectively.
Also, avoiding badly staffed airports like Amsterdam Schiphol and Dublin may be good for travelers. For now, journeying this summer will be a delicate balance, but operating this handy information could save you a lot of hassle.
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