Major U.S. air carriers - percentage of cancellations 2000-2018

This graph illustrates cancellations by major US air carriers as a percentage of total operations from 2000 to 2018. In 2018, some 1.6 percent of total operations by major U.S. air carriers were listed in a carrier's computer reservation system but never took off.

Percentage of cancellations by major U.S. air carriers from 2000 to 2018

Share of cancellations
20181.6%
20171.5%
20161.2%
20151.5%
20142.2%
20131.5%
20121.3%
20111.9%
2010.1.8%
20091.4%
20082%
20072.2%
20061.7%
20051.9%
20041.8%
20031.6%
20021.2%
20013.9%
20003.3%
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Source

Release date

March 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

A cancelled flight is one that was not operated, but was listed in a carrier's computer reservation system within seven calendar days of the scheduled departure. The number of carriers reporting beginning in 2010 is 18. The number of carriers reporting in 2008 and 2009 is 19 (20 through February 2008, after which Aloha Airlines ceased reporting). During 2005 to 2007, 20 air carriers reported on-time performance data, including all major U.S. carriers (carriers with at least one percent of total domestic scheduled-service passenger revenues) and other carriers that reported voluntarily. The number of carriers reporting in previous years is as follows: 2015 (13 after the merger of American and U.S. Airways in June); 2014 (14); 2013 (16); 2012 (15); 2011 (16); 2004 (19); 2003 (18); 2002 (10); 2001 (12); 2000 (11)

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