Air travel intelligence company OAG has published its annual report into the most punctual airlines and airports around the world, with Air Baltic taking top spot for the second year running.
The Latvian flag carrier saw 94.39 per cent of its flights arrive on time (ie: within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival time) during 2015, with Panamanian airline Copa in second place with 91.69 per cent, Brazilian carrier Azul in third with 91.03 per cent, and Japan Airlines in fourth with 90.44 per cent.
Etihad Airways was the most improved airline, with its on-time performance rising from just 56.8 per cent in 2014, to 72.7 per cent in 2015. The report points out that the Gulf carrier was “undoubtedly impacted by the closure of the southern runway at Abu Dhabi (AUH) in 2014”.
Four European carriers feature in the top ten most punctual airlines worldwide: Air Baltic (1st), Finnair (6th), Austrian Airlines (8th) and LOT Polish (10th).
In the large airports category (those delivering more than 20 million departing scheduled seats per annum), Tokyo Haneda came out on top with an on-time performance of 91.25 per cent, followed by Munich with 87.71 per cent, and São Paulo Guarulhos with 87.47 per cent. Australia saw two of its airports placed in the top ten: Sydney (5th) and Melbourne (6th).
According to OAG both Gatwick and Heathrow’s on-time performances were down on 2014, and neither airport featured in the top 20.
Commenting on the results, John Grant, senior analyst OAG said:
“An airline’s schedule is a key element of what the traveller is buying – passengers need to be able to plan around realistic and reliable arrival times and connecting time requirements.
“In this digital age, passengers have access to more data than ever before. Travellers can see flight delay information while on the move as easily as the airline and airport staff.”
To download this year’s results in full, click here.