KLM ranked as safest airline in Europe, second-safest internationally

KLM ranked as safest airline in Europe, second-safest internationally

The 2021 JACDEC ranking has named KLM the safest airline in Europe, with the Dutch-owned airline coming in second place in the international rankings. 

Famous Dutch airline ranked second-safest in the world

Last year’s ranking saw KLM achieve a respectable sixth place, but this year’s edition saw the airline perform even better, climbing into second place and overtaking Air Europa and Finnair to be named the safest European airline. 

This marks the fourth year in a row that KLM has nabbed a spot on the list of the world’s safest airlines, which is compiled annually by JACDEC - the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre. The ranking is based on each airline’s accident history over the past 30 years, but also evaluates the country-specific environment in which the airline operates and its specific risk factors. 

The world’s top 15 safest airlines according to JACDEC

While the 2020 ranking saw all airlines in the top 20 achieve a score of at least 90 percent, 2021 saw a number of companies slip slightly - this year, only the top seven airlines scored above 90 percent. According to JACDEC's 2021 ranking, the world's 15 safest airlines are:

Ranking Airline Country Risk Index (%)
1 Emirates UAE 95,05
2 KLM The Netherlands 93,31
3 Jetblue Airways USA 91,61
4 Delta Air Lines  USA 91,55
5 Easyjet UK 91,28
6 Air Canada Canada 90,9
7 Southwest Airlines  USA 90,11
8 Spirit Airlines USA 89,73
9 Ryanair Ireland 89,41
10 Qatar Airways Qatar 89,24
11 United Airlines USA 88,52
12 Sichuan Airlines China 88,13
13 Shenzhen Airlines China 88,09
14 British Airways UK 87,99
15 IndiGo  India 87,97


The full report will be published by JACDEC at the end of January. For more information about the ranking, visit their website.

Victoria Séveno


Victoria Séveno

Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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