bendewire From UK - England, joined May 2011, 44 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 591 times:
After a recent experience are the European regulations causing EU airlines to cancel flights rather than experience a lengthy delay. It is getting more common to see 'enquire airline' on departures/arrivals.
A lengthy delay can be an imposition but a cancellation can be dissasterous, connecting flights, business meetings etc. What is more apparent is LCC cancel far too often, is this because they don't sell through tickets, so are not too worried about onward flights?
As with all EU regulations which ultimately cause grief to the very people they allegedly are trying to protect, it would be only a matter of time before airlines found the lowest cost option when flights are delayed by 4+ hours. Obviously I cannot back up this item with hard facts, but the evidence is somewhat overwhelming.
Comments regarding, what appears an underlying issue, with any evidence will be most interesting
As a general statement I don't think this is apparent at all - do you have any data to back this up?
My experiences are that the European LCCs are on time far more often than the European legacy arlines, and cancel flights far less often too. One notable exception is FlyBe who do have a reputation for cancelling services - however I've not personally looked at the data for this, and they appear to be the exception not the rule.
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roseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9156 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 397 times:
Quoting bendewire (Thread starter): As with all EU regulations which ultimately cause grief to the very people they allegedly are trying to protect, it would be only a matter of time before airlines found the lowest cost option when flights are delayed by 4+ hours. Obviously I cannot back up this item with hard facts, but the evidence is somewhat overwhelming.
I think what you are saying is that you think airlines would prefer a cancellation over long delay because of the payments required for delayed flights in the EU?
In Europe, the current numbers show on time performance at 85.09% and a completion factor of 98.89% . That indicates only 1.11% of flights are canceled, so I don’t see how there is any overwhelming evidence that flights are being canceled over long delays. Even though long delays are expensive, cancellations almost always cause more difficulty because of crew and airplane out of planned location, rerouting costs, etc. For weather, you'll see airlines cancel because it can be a lot cheaper to cancel and return to a healthy schedule rather than run the whole airline for days with cascading delays. However, for normal operations, it is rarely cost effective to cancel.
Europe is also not significantly different than the rest of the world for on time performance. Easyjet is ranking as the top airline in Europe.
The top ten performing major international airlines and their on-time percentages were:
1 (AY) Finnair 93.83%
2 (SA) South African 93.19%
3 (GF) Gulf Air 92.69%
4 (NH) ANA 91.29%
5 (U2) EasyJet 90.42%
6 (JL) Japan Airlines 89.82%
7 (KL) KLM 89.63%
8 (SK) SAS 89.36%
9 (UX) Air Europa 89.28%
10 (VO) Tyrolean Airways 89.06%
In the United States, the 3 hour tarmac delay rule caused a 40% increase in cancelations the month it was implemented, but that evened out and shrunk once airlines figured out how to handle tarmac delays and improved their processes.
I am sorry, but I don’t see any evidence to backup your claim despite you saying that there is overwhelming evidence. Do you care to share any more details?
[Edited 2013-10-15 17:06:55]
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