Airport delays: Air Canada and Pearson once again rank first in delays


Air Canada and Toronto’s Pearson Airport again claimed the top spots for flight delays on Tuesday, marking at least four consecutive days the country’s largest airline ranked No. 1 of all major carriers in the world.

Air Canada saw 65% of its flights arrive late, while Jazz Aviation, which provides regional service for the Montreal-based carrier, and Air Canada Rouge took second and third place, respectively, according to tracking service FlightAware.

Only one other airline, Virgin Australia, landed more than half of its planes later than scheduled.

Meanwhile, Pearson, Air Canada’s main hub, was the only airport in the world to see more than half of flight departures delayed.

Montreal came in tenth after a computer system failure related to forced manual handling of baggage at baggage check-in, the airport authority said in an email, noting that other factors played a role and domestic flights have been the most affected.

Airlines and airports are struggling to cope with the massive resurgence in travel, as staffing issues at carriers and federal agencies turn into flight cancellations, baggage delays and endless lines .

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 6, 2022.