These Are the Safest Airlines in the World for 2023

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For some travelers, the age of glamour in the sky is long gone. Factor in today's airline-specific flight restrictions and health protocols, and flying can be not only a hassle but downright scary. Still, for others who can afford perks like lie-flat beds, onboard showers, or, better yet, a share in a private jet company like NetJets, flying has never been better. In all cases, it's easy to forget that the primary function of an airline is simple and even existential: Getting passengers safely from point A to point B. With this in mind, it's nice to know what airline companies truly have the safest rating before booking your flight.

To help you ease your mind, we've compiled recent data collected from, which just revealed the safest airlines in the world for 2023.

The Safest Airlines in 2023

Many of the carriers that make the "safest airlines" list, aside from Alaska Airlines, offer international travel packages to faraway destinations. The planes are big, the service superb, and the chance that you'll arrive both healthy and in one piece is pretty much guaranteed. According to reports from in 2023, these are the world's 20 safest airlines:

  1. Qantas
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. Etihad Airways
  4. Qatar Airways
  5. Singapore Airlines
  6. TAP Air Portugal
  7. Emirates
  8. Alaska Airlines
  9. EVA Air
  10. Virginia Australia/Atlantic
  11. Cathay Pacific Airways
  12. Hawaiian Airlines
  13. SAS
  14. United Airlines
  15. Lufthansa/Swiss Group
  16. Finnair
  17. British Airways
  18. KLM
  19. American Airlines
  20. Delta Air Lines

The Safest Low-Cost Airlines in 2023

Just because an airline is elegant and high-class doesn't mean it's any more likely to get you to your destination alive and well. Below are the world's 10 safest low-cost airlines, in alphabetical order:

  1. Air Arabia
  2. AirAsia Group
  3. Allegiant
  4. Air Baltic
  5. easyjet
  6. FlyDubai
  7. Frontier
  8. Jetstar Group
  9. Jetblue
  10. Indigo
  11. Ryanair
  12. Scoot
  13. Southwest
  14. Spicejet
  15. Spirit
  16. Vueling
  17. Vietjet
  18. Volaris
  19. Westjet
  20. Wizz

How Airline Safety Ratings Work

According to, it monitors 385 airlines, with the safety rating for each based on a range of factors that include: an airline's crash record over five years and serious incident record over two years, audits from governing bodies in the aviation industry, pilot training, the age of an airline's fleet, and COVID-19 safety protocols. Each airline has the potential to earn seven stars in its ranking.

In 2023, Qantas stood out for having "amassed an amazing record of firsts in operations and safety," reported. As the oldest continuously operating airline in the world, it is considered to be more experienced than any other.

“However all airlines have incidents every day, and many are aircraft or engine manufacture issues, not airline operational problems, said editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas. "It is the way the flight crew handles these incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one."

Other Airline Safety Authorities

  • Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JADEC): This German organization has rightfully earned its place as the barometer by which the world's safest airlines are measured. JADEC factors in three main categories that have an impact on risk factors. These include aircraft accidents and incidents—both major ones involving fatalities and minor ones, as simple as skidding off the runway, environmental factors like weather and terrain, and airline operational factors such as fleet age and route profiles.
  • Airlines for America: This U.S.-based non-profit organization, which lobbies and consults with members of Congress to pass laws that benefit air travelers, uses data from the National Safety Council to assemble an annual safety record for U.S. air carriers. Like, Airlines for America does not exclusively focus on safety and has interests in various areas of air travel, including transparency in pricing and the effect of airline mergers in the competitive landscape.
  • SkyTrax: SkyTrax is an international air transport rating organization based in London. This entity analyzes over 190 safety and hygiene protocols, including customer and staff safety, standards of social distancing, the efficacy of cleaning systems both in the airport and onboard, and appropriate measures to enhance hygiene protection, like face mask usage. They categorize airlines with three different types of ratings: a five-star (excellent), a four-star (good), and a three-star (average) rating. You can sign up for frequent updates through SkyTrax to make sure your preferred airline is up to snuff before you travel.

One thing you should keep in mind, regardless of how each year's list shapes up, is that air travel is still the safest way to travel anywhere in the world. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), your odds of dying in an airplane crash, based on stats collected in 2019, were "too few to calculate." In contrast, the same organization cited a one in 107 chance you could die in a motor vehicle accident. So, even when taking "dangerous" airlines into account, flying is still the safest way to go.

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  1. "Top 20 Safest Airlines for 2023." January 3, 2023.

  2. "Top 20 Safest Low-Cost Airlines for 2023." January 3, 2023.