US Department of Transportation

U.S. aviation ended 2023 on a better note for passengers with the lowest flight cancellation rate in at least 10 years, alongside expanded consumer protections for travelers.

“Thanks to the tireless work of our nation's aviation safety professionals, millions of travelers were able to fly safely and without disruption last year,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We are glad to see this 10-year low rate of cancellations, and our Department will continue to take every step to ensure air travel is smooth and safe for passengers in the new year."

In 2023, there were 16.3 million flights and a cancellation rate below 1.2 percent, the lowest rate in a decade. According to the Transportation Security Administration, 2023 was also the busiest year for air travel ever.

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