Qantas and Japan Airlines achieved the best on-time performance rates of any airline in the Asia Pacific region last year, while Thai AirAsia is the region’s most punctual low-cost carrier, a new report has revealed.
According to OAG’s latest ‘Punctuality League’ report for 2016, 87.56% of Qantas flights arrived at their destination on time last year, putting it top in Asia Pacific and fourth in the world. JAL (86.74%) was Asia Pacific’s second most punctual carrier, with Singapore Airlines (85.19%) third.
Continuing the strong performance of Australia and Japan, ANA (84.71%) and Virgin Australia (84.52%) were fourth and fifth respectively.
In terms of airports, Juanda International in Surabaya surprisingly topped the Asia Pacific rankings, with an OTP rate of 90.30%. This also made it the best performing “large” airport in the world (those handling in excess of 10 million passengers per year). Osaka Itami (89.56) was second in Asia Pacific, followed by three Australian hubs: Cairns (87.23), Brisbane (86.71) and Perth (85.86).
“Whether it is a 17-hour long-haul service or a one-hour connecting flight to a hub, the accuracy of both scheduling the service and delivering the stated on-time performance is incredible; especially when compared to so many other forms of transport,” said OAG’s John Grant. “This year’s report draws upon the largest ever number of flights tracked in a single year.”
Globally, the world’s most punctual airlines in 2016 were Hawaiian Airlines (89.87%), Copa Airlines (88.75%) and KLM (87.89%), while the best performing airports were Birmingham (91.28%), Newcastle (90.94%) and Surabaya (90.30%).