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Flight cancellations and delays in France this summer could cost airlines €26 million

Nice airport is the European destination with the least cancellations (photo: F.Dubessy)
Nice airport is the European destination with the least cancellations (photo: F.Dubessy)
MEDITERRANEAN. According to a survey conducted by Flightright, just over 65,000 flights were operated out of France between July 1 and August 31, 2020, down 60% from 2019.
The specialist in services dedicated to air passenger rights estimates that airlines will have to pay €26 million (compared with €76 million for the same period in 2019) in compensation for these cancellations and delays.

"Despite a gradual resumption of flights around the world, unsurprisingly airports in France are facing a considerable drop in the number of flights. Beyond the constraints of access to borders, travelers have largely changed their travel habits this year, encouraged by the government's call to promote local tourism," said a release from Flightright.

The study reveals that the worst performers in terms of cancellations are Tunisair (2.04% of cancelled flights) followed by British Airways (1.47%) and Ryanair (1.46%). On the other hand, the leaders in the class are EasyJet (0.01%), ASL Airlines (0.07%) and Vueling (also 0.07%).

Regarding delays (180 minutes and more), Tunisair (3.65% of late flights) still occupies the top step of the podium, well ahead of Wizz Air (1.24%) and Air Corsica (0.35%). Vueling and ASL AIrlines are tied for the lowest delay rates and are ahead of HOP! third with 0.11% of delayed flights.

Nice and Marseilles lead the list of European destinations with the fewest cancellations

Flightright applauds the good performance of the French airports and in particular those of Bastia, Ajaccio and Lille, which recorded the lowest cancellation rates of 0.06%, 0.11% and 0.13% respectively. On the other hand, it points the finger at the platforms of Montpellier (4.03% of cancelled flights), Beauvais (2.06%) and Strasbourg (1.38%).

In terms of delays, the Corsican airport of Bastia takes first place with a rate of 1.01%, ahead of Lyon (0.34%) and Paris-CDG (0.27%). Note that the airport of Lille is the only French airport to have not noted any delay this summer.

In the European ranking of destinations with the least number of cancellations in July and August 2020, Nice is in first place with 0.04%, Marseille (0.05%) and, ex-aequo Lyon and Toulouse (0.07%). For the most punctual destinations, the top four are Paris-CDG (0.04%), Ajaccio (0.06%), Barcelona (0.08) and Lisbon. Tunis (2.56%), Toulouse (0.57%) and Marseilles (0.39%) are the destinations that have been the most delayed in Europe.

Frédéric Dubessy

Friday, September 11th 2020

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