Over the past year, we have heard many complaints about airlines, and have constantly criticized major carriers for their poor performance, service or hard product. Well, Skytrax releases every year a list of the best and worst airlines in the world. The Telegraph from the UK listed down all the carriers with a 2-star rating (the maximum is 5 stars). These airlines are some of the worst in the world. Many of these carriers are minor carriers and do not operate an extensive route network. Here are the second 10 of 20 worst airlines, in alphabetical order with an image to accompany them all. (The first can be found here).
Pegasus Airlines is the second Turkish carrier on this list. They are a low cost carrier, that has been quite successful in Europe. They have codeshares with AirBerlin, KLM and FlyNas of Saudi Arabia. Pegasus Airlines has not, however, been able to escape their two star rating.
Based: St Petersburg
Rossiya is a Russian Airline directly owned by Aeroflot. Rossiya recently went a major expansion after acquiring a majority of what was Transaero. They now operate a mix of scheduled and charter flights with these aircraft.
Smartwings is a Czech low cost carrier. They operate a limited network of services within continental Europe. They took over some routes after the fall of SkyEurope, another Czech LCC.
Based: Miramar, Florida
America’s most loved and hated airline is the only North American carrier with two stars. Spirit Airlines is known for its low fares, and for poor customer service. They are also notorious for add-on fees. They are, however, a very fast growing airline and have reduced prices in many of the markets they fly to.
Sudan Airways is the flag carrier of Sudan. They operate a very limited and small network of destinations. They are one of the oldest African airlines. However, the airline has been banned from flying to the EU.
Syrian Air is the beleaguered carrier of war-torn Syria. They used to operate a more extensive network, but since the onset of the civil war, many of their aircraft have been damaged. At their peak, they had hubs at Aleppo and Damascus, and flew to 50 destinations.
Tajik Air is the National carrier of the Central Asian country of Tajikistan. It is owned by the government and has a small fleet. Most of their aircraft are used in regional networks, with their largest aircraft being a 757.
Turkmenistan Airlines is another Central Asian carrier, with more aircraft and more complex network than their regional partner above. They have a few airframes used for the presidential flight, or government use.
Ukraine International Airlines
Ukraine International Airlines is the largest carrier of Ukraine. They offer an extensive route network and even have flights to the US. Lucky from One Mile at a Time had a chance to fly them earlier and his experiences merit the two star rating that they have.
The last entrant on this list is Yemenia, the flag carrier of the war torn country of Yemen. The airline at its peak had A330s, 737-800s and had placed an order for A350s. With the start of their civil war, most of these aircraft were grounded or damaged.
Do you agree with the rankings? Have you ever flown on any of these airlines? What was your experience? Let us know!