According to official civil aviation statistics, tens of thousands of bags are lost every day between the various airports of the world. In total, the figure would amount to 90,000 bags per day, of which 10,000 in Europe.
80% of the luggages are found by their owner a few days later, but it is estimated that one in 3,000 suitcases is permanently lost, that is, if it is not found within 21 days of the loss.
It is usually the switching errors that are the cause of these losses, despite the numerous attempts of the airlines to limit the phenomenon, such as increasing the size of the labels, the addition of a bar code etc. Indeed, it is the companies that are responsible for the management of luggages from check-in to delivery on the treadmills on arrival.
On the podium of the airlines that lose the most luggages, Air France leads the way, with 1.4 million bags lost per year, followed by Lufthansa and British Airways with 770,000 and 495,000 bags lost respectively.