Japan tops flight punctuality tables

JAL and ANA are both among the five most punctual airlines in the world (image by YMZK-Photo)
JAL and ANA are both among the five most punctual airlines in the world (image by YMZK-Photo)

Japanese airports are among the best in world for on-time performance, a new study has revealed.

According to OAG’s Punctuality League for 2015, Osaka’s Itami Airport recorded the world’s highest punctuality rate, with 93.85 of its flights arriving and departing within 15 minutes of their scheduled time. And Tokyo’s Haneda Airport was the top-ranked large airport, with 91.25% of its flights on time.

Other highly ranked Asia Pacific airports included Adelaide (90.18%), Perth (88.58%), Cairns (88.40%), Brisbane (88.31%), Christchurch (88.14%), Nagoya (88.11%), Auckland (88.67%), Sydney (85.20%), Melbourne (85.02%) and Singapore (84.57%)

And Japan’s airlines also performed well; JAL and ANA were the highest ranked carriers in Asia, with on-time performances of 90.44% and 89.7% respectively. Both were also ranked in the top five most punctual airlines in the world, with Latvia’s airBaltic (94.39%) taking top spot.

In the Asian league table, Oceania’s airlines also performed well, with Virgin Australia (88.56%), Qantas (88.08%) and Air New Zealand (87.33%) completing the regional top five. India’s IndiGo (84.57%) was the highest ranked Asian low-cost carrier, followed by Thai AirAsia (84.28%).

“More aircraft, more flights, new aircraft types and more passengers all place pressure on one of our most important industry metrics; on-time performance,” said OAG’s executive vice president, John Grant.

“Therefore… it is pleasing to report that overall punctuality continues to improve in many parts of the world. Investment in new technology, improved operating procedures and most importantly, the skill and professionalism of the airline and airport operators translates into the continual improvements we are reporting year-on-year.”

The world’s five most punctual airports were Osaka Itami, Brussels South Charleroi, Panama City, Tokyo Haneda and Stavanger, while the five most punctual airlines were airBaltic, Copa Airlines, Azul, JAL and ANA.

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