Russia’s Aeroflot has been named as the world’s most on-time mainline airline in the annual On-Time Performance (OTP) Review released today by travel data and analytics expert Cirium.
The OTP Review identifies the world’s best performing airlines and airports for on-time flight operations in 2019.
According to the long-running analysis by Cirium, which provides the definitive ranking of the top ten most on-time airlines and airports globally, by size and region, 86.7 per cent of Aeroflot’s flights operated on-time in 2019.
A flight is on-time if the aircraft arrives at the gate less than 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.
Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) came in second place with 86.3 per cent of its flights on time.
Last year’s winner, Delta Air Lines, took third place in the global category with 85.7 per cent of flights arriving on-time but topped the ranking in the North America category in both mainline and network.
Latin American airline LATAM clinches top ranking of the global network airline category with 86.7 per cent of the flights in its network arriving on time.
The 2019 review also reveals that the most punctual airline in Europe is also Aeroflot. In the Asia Pacific, ANA takes top spot; Copa Airlines is most on-time in Latin America; and in the Middle East and Africa, Qatar Airways beats Emirates to top ranking.
Japanese airline StarFlyer is named the world’s most punctual low cost carrier with 91.4 per cent of flights arriving on-schedule.
Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport leads large airports globally in on-time performance followed by Panama’s Tocumen International Airport and China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
Eight of the top 10 large airports for on-time performance are based in China. Although on-time performance in China has historically been a challenge due to limited civilian airspace and conservative air traffic control regulations, the data this year indicates that air travel in China has greatly improved, says the review.