KHALEEJ TIMES, Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 | Jumada Al Awwal 3, 1440
Revealed: World's most punctual airlines in 2018; Emirates among top 20
Punctuality is highly
important for the airline industry because it not just improve passengers'
perception and credibility about the airline but also reduces costs for them.
According to travel analyst portal
OAG, Dubai's Emirates airline substantially improved its punctuality rating in
2018, achieving on time performance (OTP) of 81.44 per cent last year as
compared to 79.71 per cent in the previous year. This resulted in Emirates being
rated 2nd most punctual airline in 2018 as against 4th in the previous year in
the Middle East. In 2018, there are five new entrants among the top 20 airlines
which ranked below 20 last year. These are Bangkok Airways, LATAM Airlines
Group, KLM, Siberia Airlines and Emirates.
Globally, Dubai's carrier was ranked
19th most punctual among mainline airlines.
Regionally, Qatar Airways topped with
85.17 per cent OTP score in the region while Saudi Arabian Airlines, Royal
Jordanian and Flynas were rated 3rd, 4th and 5th - respectively.
Globally, Copa Airlines topped with
89.79 per cent on-time performance followed by airBaltic, Hong Kong Airlines,
Hawaiian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Qantas Airways, LatAm Airlines Group, Qatar
Airways, KLM and All Nippon Airways.
While Azul, Jetstar Asia, Solaseed,
Mango and Volaris achieves best OTP rating among the low-cost carriers. None of
the GCC-based carriers could make it to the top 20 ranking in 2018.
OAG's data is based on 58 million flight records using full-year data from 2018
to create a ranking of the best OTP for the world's largest airlines and
Among mega airports handling over 30 million passengers per annum, Tokyo Haneda
achieved highest punctuality rating with OTP score at 85.62 per cent followed by
airports of Atlanta, Singapore's Chagi, Denver and Los Angeles.
Munich Airport is a new entrant to this ranking, having qualified for the Mega
Airports category for the first time, while Paris Charles de Gaulle and Dubai
have dropped out of the table altogether, OAG said.