Least Dependable Airlines In The History Of Aviation

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A recent news article published in the Forbes by Geoff Whitmore talks about the World’s Most Unreliable Airlines.

American Airlines Is The Most Unreliable Among U.S. Travelers

U.S. travelers report that American Airlines is the most unreliable airline in the world when measured by the total flight problems and reported complaints in 2022.

American is also the world’s largest airline, so this finding may not surprise frequent flyers. However, the other results are fascinating.

United Airlines ranks as the second-worst and received the most baggage complaints. Therefore, it may not be a bad idea to only fly with a carry-on to avoid potential problems.

Here are the ten worst airlines, according to travelers in the United States:

  1. American Airlines: 2,183 flight problems and 6,491 reported complaints
  2. United Airlines: 1,583 flight problems and 5,135 reported complaints
  3. Spirit Airlines: 1,102 flight problems and 3,206 reported complaints
  4. JetBlue Airways: 1,167 flight problems and 2,979 reported complaints
  5. Frontier Airlines: 1,097 flight problems and 2,871 reported complaints
  6. Delta Air Lines: 937 flight problems and 2,851 reported complaints
  7. Southwest Airlines: 963 flight problems and 2,174 reported complaints
  8. Lufthansa: 167 flight problems and 1,796 reported complaints
  9. Air India: 49 flight problems and 1,661 reported complaints
  • Air Canada: 335 flight problems and 1,292 reported complaints


Commercial air travel is a delicate industry with many flight options. For the most part, many flight options can help passengers get the best departure times for their schedule and budget.

However, many variables, including inclement weather delays and FAA grounded flights, can impact operations. According to this list, some airlines handle the challenges better than others.


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Source: Forbes