The world’s worst airlines for delays and cancellations this summer

(CNN) — Anyone who has been on a plane recently can see that the demand for travel is back in a big way. What didn’t come back with a vengeance were the resources needed to take care of the suffering of the air travelers.

Add the summer season to staffing issues at airports and airlines and you have a perfect storm of delays and cancellations.

At one North American airport – Toronto Pearson International Airport in Canada – more than half of the flights scheduled between May 26 and July 19 were delayed, according to data compiled for CNN Travel by airline FlightAware.

52.5% of flights have been delayed this summer, the data shows. Toronto Pearson is ranked No. 4 for flight cancellations worldwide, with 6.5% of its flights canceled during that time.

The policy allows travelers to change their departure or arrival at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport or extend connecting times at Toronto Pearson.

Europe is suffering from slowness

Of course, Toronto’s airport is far from struggling with problems.

Seven of the world’s top 10 airlines for delays this summer, calculated by the percentage of flights delayed, are in Europe. Airports in Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and London are experiencing the biggest delays, according to FlightAware data.

London’s Heathrow Airport has taken the extraordinary step of asking airlines to stop selling tickets for outbound travel this summer.
Only one American airport made the top 10 on the world’s slowest list: Orlando International Airport in Florida. In separate FlightAware US data reviewed by CNN last week, three Florida airports made the top 10 for delays in the United States.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told CNN that he is seeing improvements in travel, but he expects airlines to do better.

“Look, we’re counting the airlines that offer passengers and can handle the tickets they sell,” Buttigieg said.

International flights with many seasons

Here are the top 10 international airlines for delays this summer along with the percentage of flights delayed:

1. Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada): 52.5%

2. Frankfurt Airport (Germany): 45.4%

3. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (France): 43.2%

4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands): 41.5%

5. London Gatwick Airport (United Kingdom): 41.1%

6. Heathrow Airport (United Kingdom): 40.5%

7. Munich Airport (Germany): 40.4%

8. Athens International Airport (Greece): 37.9%

9. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Australia): 34.2%

10. Orlando International Airport (United States): 33.4%

FlightAware data from May 26 to July 19.

International flights with most of the summer season

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in China’s Guangdong Province is the international airport. 1 for cancellations this summer, with nearly 8% of flights canceled, according to FlightAware data. China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport are in the top 10.

Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport in China's Guangdong Province has seen more cancellations than any other airport in the world since the end of May, according to FlightAware data.

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in China’s Guangdong Province has seen more cancellations than any other airport in the world since the end of May, according to FlightAware data.

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And during China’s Labor Day holiday in May, domestic trips dropped by a third from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Three U.S. airports ranked in the top 10 in terms of percentage of flights booked, with New York-area airports Newark and LaGuardia at Nos. 2 and 3 and Washington’s National Airport at No. 8.

Looking at the world’s top 20, airports in Boston (No. 12), Charlotte (No. 13), Philadelphia (No. 14) and Miami (No. 16) in the final list, and John F .Kennedy. International Airport in New York (No. 15) and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (No. 19).

Although Europe topped the world list for delays, only one European airport – Amsterdam Schiphol – appeared in the top 10 for delays from May 26 to July 19. Australia and Indonesia also one entry per top 10 for elimination.

Tourists line up to check in at Newark Liberty International Airport on July 1. Newark is the international airport.  2 flights to cancel this summer.

Tourists line up to check in at Newark Liberty International Airport on July 1. Newark is the international airport. 2 flights to cancel this summer.

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Here are the top 10 international flights for cancellations this summer along with the percentage of flights canceled:

1. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (China): 7.9%

2. Newark Liberty International Airport (US): 7.4%

3. LaGuardia Airport (US): 7%

4. Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada): 6.5%

5. Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (Indonesia): 6.2%

6. Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Australia): 5.9%

7. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (China): 5.2%

8. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (US): 5%

9. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (China): 4.6%

10. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands): 3.9%

Editing: An earlier version of this story referred to “summaries” where “denials” were said about Amsterdam Schiphol airport and airports in Australia and Indonesia.

CNN’s Nectar Gan, Pete Muntean and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.
Top photo: Travelers wait to check in at Toronto Pearson International Airport on June 30 in Mississauga, Ontario. (Yu Ruidong/China News Service/Getty Images)

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