KHALEEJ TIMES, Saturday, Jan 12, 2019 | Jumada Al Awwal 6, 1440
On time: Emirates second-most punctual airline in Mideast
Punctuality is highly
important for the airline industry because it not only improves passengers'
perception and credibility about the airline but also reduces costs.
According to travel analyst portal
OAG, Dubai's Emirates substantially improved its punctuality rating in 2018,
achieving an on-time performance (OTP) of 81.44 per cent last year compared to
79.71 per cent in the previous year. This resulted in Emirates being rated the
second-most punctual airline in the Middle East in 2018, compared to fourth in
During 2018, there were five new
entrants among the top 20 airlines that ranked below 20 last year: Bangkok
Airways, LatAm Airlines Group, KLM, Siberia Airlines and Emirates.
Globally, Dubai's carrier was ranked
the 19th-most punctual among mainline airlines.
Regionally, Saudi Arabian Airlines,
Royal Jordanian and Flynas were rated third, fourth and fifth, 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.
Azul, Jetstar Asia, Solaseed, Mango
and Volaris achieved the best OTP rating among low-cost carriers. None of the
GCC-based budget 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 airports.
Among mega airports handling over 30
million passengers per annum, Tokyo Haneda achieved the highest punctuality
rating with an OTP score at 85.62 per cent, followed by airports of Atlanta,
Singapore's Changi, 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, OAG