Russian carrier Aeroflot is the world's most punctual airline, report says

3 Jan 2020 by Seher Asaf

Aeroflot is the world’s most on-time mainline airline, according to the annual On-Time Performance (OTP) Review released by travel data and analytics company Cirium.

The review identifies the world’s most punctual airlines and airports in 2019. According to the analysis by Cirium, which provides the ranking of the top ten most punctual airlines and airports globally based on size and region, 86.7 per cent of Aeroflot’s flights flew on time in 2019. The average waiting time for Aeroflot’s delayed flights was 46 minutes.

A mainline flight is a flight operated by an airline’s main operating unit, rather than by regional alliances, regional code-shares, regional subsidiaries, or wholly owned subsidiaries offering low-cost operations.

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) came in second place with 86.3 per cent of its flights on time.

Below is a ranking of the top 10 most punctual mainline airlines around the world this year (provided by Cirium):

Cirium On-Time Performance Review

In the Asia Pacific region, ANA takes the top spot; Copa Airlines is most on time in Latin America; and in the Middle East and Africa, Qatar Airways beats Emirates to the top ranking.

Japanese airline Starflyer was named the world’s most punctual low cost carrier with 91.4 per cent of flights arriving on-schedule.

Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International (SVO) holds the spot of world’s most punctual airport, operating the most on-schedule departing flights with 95 per cent of flights departing on time.

Cirium said in a press release that it tracks over 100,000 flights a day and bases its analysis on an 80 per cent coverage requirement for each category. According to Cirium, an airline’s flight is on time if the aircraft arrives at the gate under 15 minutes of the schedule.

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