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The Best and Worst Airlines for Flight Cancellations

  • Scrapped flights are soaring in an overwhelming rush to travel
  • Virgin Australia and KLM are among the biggest cancelers
Travelers wait in a departure hall of Schiphol airport near Amsterdam on April 23. 

Travelers wait in a departure hall of Schiphol airport near Amsterdam on April 23. 

Photographer: Ramon van Flymen /AFP/Getty Images

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Passengers flying with Virgin Australia and Dutch carrier KLM are suffering some of the biggest disruptions to travel as the understaffed aviation industry struggles to cope with a resurgence in demand, schedules show.

Zeroing in on a group of 19 airlines around the world -- the same one Qantas Airways Ltd. uses to assess its performance against peers -- Virgin Australia canceled the biggest proportion of flights in the three months through July 26, according to data from analytics company Cirium. It axed close to 2,200 flights, or 5.9% of its schedule, compared with 1.4% in the same period in 2019.