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

Based: Istanbul

Founded: 1990

Fleet: 75

Destinations: 103

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.

Pegasus Airlines 737

Pegasus Airlines 737

Rossiya Airlines

Based: St Petersburg

Founded: 1932

Fleet: 61

Destinations: 58

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.

Rossiya 777

Rossiya 777

SmartWings

Based: Prague

Founded: 2004

Fleet: 18

Destinations: 27

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.

SmartWings 737

SmartWings 737

Spirit Airlines

Based: Miramar, Florida

Founded: 1980

Fleet: 95

Destinations: 59

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.

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines

Sudan Airways

Based: Khartoum

Founded: 1946

Fleet: 4

Destinations: 15

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.

Sudan Airways A310

Sudan Airways A310

Syrian Air

Based: Damascus

Founded: 1946

Fleet: 12

Destinations: 14

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.

Syrian Air A320

Syrian Air A320

Tajik Air

Based: Dushanbe

Founded: 1923

Fleet: 14

Destinations: 19

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.

Tajik Air 737

Tajik Air 737

Turkmenistan Airlines

Based: Ashgabat

Founded: 1992

Fleet: 33

Destinations: 23

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.

Turkmenistan Airways 777-200LR

Turkmenistan Airways 777-200LR

Ukraine International Airlines

Based: Kiev

Founded: 1992

Fleet: 38

Destinations: 80

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.

Ukraine International 737

Ukraine International 737

Yemenia

Based: Sana’a

Founded: 1962

Fleet: 6

Destinations: 29

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.

Yemenia A330

Yemenia A330

Do you agree with the rankings? Have you ever flown on any of these airlines? What was your experience? Let us know!