SriLankan Airlines recorded a consistently superior on-time performance during the first six months of this year, the carrier said.
Latest statistics by the global flight data tracker Flightstats.com ranked Sri Lanka’s National Carrier as the 5th most punctual among 40 of the world’s leading airlines, SriLankan said in a statement.
SriLankan’s flights were on-time 86.49% of the time, far ahead of the average 78.33% achieved by the 40 airlines Flightstats monitors. These include many of the finest carriers in the Middle East, Europe, Far East, Australia, North America, South America and South Asia.
SriLankan’s consistent performance over the entire first half of 2017 resulted in it being ranked in the top ten of these airlines for four of the last six months, with on-time ratings of 81.52% in January, 85.88% in February, 83.67% in March, 85.21% in April, and 85.36% in May.
The airline industry defines a flight as being ‘on-time’ if it arrives or departs within 15 minutes of its scheduled time. Airports and airlines are rated for flights arriving and departing throughout their hub airports and global networks on this basis.
“We are delighted with the performance of every member of our team at SriLankan, who have raised the bar of professionalism to an extraordinary level in order to achieve such a consistent and long-term success. I feel certain that our passengers, who benefit most from this effort, would be absolutely delighted, as they know that they can count on SriLankan to be on-time, all the time,” Captain Suren Ratwatte, CEO of SriLankan Airlines, said
What makes the high on-time performance even more impressive is taking into account the congestion and stresses that arose during the runway re-surfacing at Colombo’s Katunayake airport, which is SriLankan’s home base, during January to April 2017.