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These Are The Airlines That Have Had The Most Flight Cancelations This Summer

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This summer has been a rocky one for air travel, with a high number of flight delays and cancelations.

The Federal Aviation Administration warned travelers to expect delays due to an ongoing staffing shortage of air traffic controllers. Weather events and airline technical issues have caused further flight delays and cancelations so far this summer.

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Certain airports and airlines have had more delays and cancelations than others.

According to data from Forbes, these are the U.S. airlines that have had the most flight cancelations recently, based on statistics from the first week of July.

The busy Fourth of July travel week saw numerous delays and cancelations, with these airlines being the worst offenders:

Cancelled Flights

1. United Airlines

United Airlines is the worst airline for cancelations this summer, with 671 (or 1.27%) of all flights canceled during the first week of July.

The airline’s CEO, Scott Kirby, sparked ire for flying on a private jet when thousands of passengers were stranded due to cancelations. In an attempt to apologize for the meltdown, United is offering 30,000 frequent flyer miles to passengers affected by the cancelations.

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2. Republic Airways

Another airline with a lot of cancelations is Republic Airways. During the first week of July alone, Republic had 572 cancelations, or 3.01% of all flights.

Republic is a regional airline that operates American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express flights. It can be assumed that many of these cancelations were United Express flights, as part of the larger United meltdown this summer.

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3. SkyWest Airlines

SkyWest is another regional airline that is contracted as Alaska SkyWest, American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express.

These flights also suffered from heavy cancelations during the first week of July, with 312 total cancelations, affecting 0.71% of all scheduled flights. Again, the mix of these cancelations may skew more towards United Express flights, since United had the most cancelations so far this month.

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4. Southwest Airlines

Next up for airlines with lots of cancelations this summer is Southwest. This airline is still recovering from the reputational hit caused by a massive holiday meltdown that led to thousands of canceled flights when holiday travelers were trying to get home.

While things have improved significantly this summer, Southwest still saw 248 flight cancelations during the first week of July (which only accounts for 0.29% of all flights.)

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5. Endeavor Air

Finally on this list is Endeavor Air. Endeavor is a fully-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines that exclusively operates Delta Connection flights.

While Delta itself has had very few flight cancelations, regional Delta Connection flights operated by Endeavor Air have not fared as well. During the first week of July, there were 233 cancelations, or 1.69% of all scheduled flights.

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How To Avoid Flight Cancelations

Although there’s no surefire way to avoid flight cancelations, there are a few things you can do to improve the odds that your next flight won’t be canceled.

Flying in the morning is one of the simplest hacks for avoiding flight cancelations.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, 86% of flights departing between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. are on time, while only 66% of flights departing between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. are on time.

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Just by flying earlier in the day, you are much less likely to experience a delay or cancelation.

It’s also a good idea to fly nonstop routes whenever possible rather than booking connecting flights. When you have multiple legs to your flight, you’re more likely to be impacted by a delay or cancelation.

Here are more tips for avoiding flight delays and cancelations.

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