OAG Punctuality League 2018 Reveals Global On-time Performance Results for airlines and airports.

Japan Airlines leads globally in punctuality,with 85 percent arrived on time last year, followed by All Nippon Airways with 84 percent. UK-based airlines such as British Airways and easyJet also rank in the TOP-20 for annual time performance of the world‘s largest airlines : BA with 79 per cent and easyJet with 75 percent both departing and arriving on time. John Grant, senior analyst at OAG, said: “BA and easyJet are certainly holding their own amongst their global counterparts.“

Latvia-based AirBaltic took the top position as the most punctual airline in the world with over 90% of the planes arriving on time.

US carriers are one of the strongest in the world, finishing with five airlines in global TOP-10 in the Mega Airlines rankings. Hawaiian Airlines was named the most punctual airline in the world  with 87.2 per cent , while Delta Airlines (DAL) got second position among all North American airlines and first among U.S. Mega Airlines with 82.7 per cent. U.S. airports are also among the winners in global ratings, finishing with seven of the top 20 airports in the new Mega Airports category,hubs that handle more than 30 million passengers a year and ten of the top 20 in the Major Airports catregory. Dallas Forth Worth ,Denver and Chicago O‘Hare were among biggest mega airports alongside with Singapore,Frankfurt,Amsterdam and London Heathrow.

Hawaiian Airlines was the most punctual airline in North America in 2017 and the third most punctual in the world with an average on-time performance (OTP) of 87.2 percent.

U.S. airports dominated the global rankings, finishing with seven of the top 20 airports in the new Mega Airports category and ten of the top 20 in the Major Airports category.

Minneapolis International Airport (MSP) finished as the best-performing Major Airport in the world and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) finished as the third best-performing Mega Airport in the world.

Among the biggest winners was Delta Air Lines, which surpassed Alaska Airlines for second place in OTP among North American carriers. Delta Air Lines finished number three overall among the global Mega Airlines, a new category that compares the world’s top 20 operators. Hawaiian Airlines continues to dominate the OTP rankings in the U.S., finishing first among North American carriers for the fourth straight year. Overall, U.S. airlines had a strong showing in the Mega Airlines category, finishing with five carriers in the top 10: Delta Air Lines (3), Alaskan Airlines (5), United Airlines (7), American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) (9) and Southwest (10).

While North American carriers performed admirably against their global peers, several airlines – including Hawaiian (HA) , Delta, Alaska, United, WestJet and Southwest – all saw a small dip in on-time performance in 2017. In fact, this year’s top performers – Hawaiian (HA) and Delta – saw year-over-year OTP decreases of 2.6 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) was the only major U.S. carrier to improve OTP from 2016 to 2017, increasing its performance by .53 percent. Among all carriers in the U.S., United Airlines (79.8 percent) finished fourth, topping American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) (78.9 percent) by less than one percent in 2017. The three largest carriers in the U.S. all ranked among the top 10 in North America, a remarkable achievement given the frequency of flights.

U.S. airports continued to lead the way globally, with at least one airport finishing in the top five of the Large, Major and Mega Airport categories. Minneapolis International Airport (MSP) finished in first place in the Major Airports category globally with an OTP of 85.7 percent. The new Mega Airport category featured many U.S. airports including Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL; 3rd with an OTP of 82.3 percent), Denver (DEN; 4th with an OTP of 82.2 percent), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW; 5th with an OTP of 81.3 percent) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD; 7th with an OTP of 79.8 percent). The U.S. finished with seven airports in the top 20 Mega Airport category.

“Flight delays and cancellations have historically been one of the most stressful aspects of travel,” said Mike Benjamin, COO of OAG. “That’s slowly changing as more airports and airlines prioritize on-time performance. In 2017, we saw the investments in punctuality pay-off: The U.S. performed exceptionally well against its global counterparts, with five airlines and four airports finishing in the top 10 globally in their respective Mega categories.”

Busiest routes

OAG also analyzed OTP for the top 20 business international and domestic routes, based on the highest frequency of arriving and departing flights:

Los Angeles (LAX) to San Francisco (SFO) finished as the seventh most-trafficked domestic route globally, with a frequency of 34,897 and an average OTP of 63.8. United Airlines was the route’s top performer, with an OTP of 74.8.

Hong Kong (HKG) to Taipei (TPE) was the most-heavily trafficked international route in 2017, with a frequency of 29,494 and an average OTP of 70.9.

In the U.S., New York La Guardia (LGA) to Chicago (ORD) was the best-performing route within the Busiest Domestic Route category, with an average OTP of 73.7. United Airlines was the route’s top performer (76.9), narrowly edging out American (76.8).

The OAG Punctuality League is derived from the most comprehensive airline schedules database in the world and is the most transparent global benchmark for the world’s airlines and airports.

To qualify for inclusion in the OAG Punctuality League, the OAG schedules database must have data for at least 80 percent of all scheduled flights operated by an airline or for an airport. OAG’s definition of on-time performance (OTP) is flights that arrive or depart within 14 minutes and 59 seconds (under 15 minutes) of their scheduled arrival/departure times.