Never fly at night with these airlines

Flying with these 30 airlines at night could really wreck your travel plans.

Never fly at night with these airlines

Often a late-night flight gets you the cheaper airfare. It may also be the solution to arriving at your destination less prone to jet lag and ready to hit the ground running. But they’re also the flights most likely to experience big delays and throw a major spanner into your travel plans, says analysis of Bureau of Transportation Statistics by FiveThirtyEight.

Late aircraft are the most common cause of flight delays, and most flight delays are around or after 6pm. By the end of the day, it’s more difficult for an airline to ‘fix’ a late flight, which can lead to passengers being stranded overnight.

flying at night

The analysis also shows that “weather-related delays are highest between 3pm and 11 pm, when thunderstorms are more likely to form”.

The first flights of the day are pretty much the only ones guaranteed to depart on time, because there are no planes before them to hold them up and air traffic is less crowded.

While it’s not exactly dangerous to fly with these 30 airlines after 6pm, your likelihood of delayed or cancelled flights increases exponentially after 6pm.

So, the airlines with the poorest on-time performance on the AirHelp Score Global Airline Rankings are more likely to be the ones you want to steer clear of when flying at night.

Airlines with the lowest on-time performance, according to AirHelp:

  1. Kuwait Airways
  2. Laudamotion
  3. TAP Air Portugal
  4. Air Malta
  5. Air Transat
  6. Air India
  7. Czech Airlines
  8. El Al Israel
  9. Vueling
  10. Icelandair
  11. Transavia
  12. Wizz Air
  13. Asiana
  14. Brussels Air
  16. Lufthansa
  17. Ryanair
  18. Air Canada
  19. Eurowings
  20. Air France
  21. Swiss International Air
  22. Air China
  23. Ethiopian
  24. Adria
  25. easyJet
  26. Aer Lingus
  27. LOT Polish
  28. Avianca
  29. China Eastern
  30. Korean Air

Have you flown with any of these airlines? How did they perform? Were they on time? If you experienced a delay or cancellation, were you satisfied with how the airline handled it?

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    21st Dec 2019
    You left out jetstar
    21st Dec 2019
    Don't forget Tiger. Should you book 2 end on end trip they cancel the first leg then no refund for the second leg. You can't even get off the ground on the first leg, how can you make the second leg?????
    21st Dec 2019
    Have used Aer Lingus and Air Canada. No problems apart from AirCanada announcements in English, French and Chinese. A bit annoying when the airline is English and French
    21st Dec 2019
    swiss air out of Bangkok to Zurich a night flight treated like cattle when boarding packed in like sardines(cattle class)something like Tiger air in the early days
    21st Dec 2019
    I have flown with Air Malta, Icelanair, Ryan Air, Easy Jet Aer Lingus, China Eastern and all have been substantially better than our home grown Jet Star, it is so unreliable that even at the price, I prefer to fly Qantas or Virgin.
    21st Dec 2019
    Most on the list are budget airlines and uikely to be given priority when time is tight. And for others it is often about air safety regulations which mean the pilot and crew cannot make the journey before their allotted shift is up.

    Except for mechanical or other technical issues, it is all the more reason to be on time and board as instructed every time you fly. It may be you inconvenienced in future with an unplanned stopover due to the slow/late boarding of earlier planes.
    21st Dec 2019
    More bullshit for the lemmings
    22nd Dec 2019
    It is Time verses Saftey. I know which one I prefer!
    22nd Dec 2019
    I had great flights on Korean Air, but I didn’t depart late at night.

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