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Birmingham named the world’s most punctual airport for 2016

Birmingham has today been announced as the most punctual airport in the world, with over 91 percent of flights both leaving and arriving on time, following the release of OAG’s 2016 Punctuality League.

With over 100,000 scheduled flights from Birmingham Airport last year, the most punctual routes were to Dublin, Alicante, Belfast, Dusseldorf and Glasgow, all of which boasted on-time scores of over 93 percent. Birmingham also introduced new flight routes in 2016 including services to Doha, Lisbon and Bucharest. The UK airport beat contenders from countries such as Japan, Brazil, America, Germany and Australia to claim the global crown.

Rank  Airport Name  On-time performance (OTP) 2016
1  Birmingham Airport 91.28%
 Osaka 89.68%
Panama City 89.56%
Belo Horizonte 88.49%
 Cologne Bonn 88.27%
 Cape Town 86.06%
Milan Bergamo 85.87%
Perth 85.86%
Bahrain 85.49%
10  Adelaide International 84.90%

Continuing to showcase the UK’s strength, Newcastle airport also ranked first in the Small Airports category – those with the capacity between 2.5 and 5 million seats. In fact, both Birmingham and Newcastle were two of just three airports from around the world that achieved an on-time performance rating of over 90 per cent in 2016.

Moving from airports to airlines, Monarch ranked first in OAG’s low-cost carrier category, with an on-time performance score of 85.67 percent. Its biggest UK competition came from Jet2.com and easyJet, which ranked fourth and sixteenth respectively, achieving scores of 82.64 per cent and 74.73 per cent.

Top 10 low-cost carrier airlines by OTP

Rank Airline Name On-time performance (OTP) 2016
1 Monarch Airlines  85.67%
 GOL 84.63%
 Transavia 83.98%
Jet2.com 82.64%
Germanwings 82.48%
 Westjet 81.36%
Southwest 81.04%
 Norwegian Air Shuttle 79.23%
Thai AirAsia 78.60%
10  Skymark Airlines 78.32%

As well as achieving the number one position amongst the low-cost carriers, Monarch Airlines also jumped to fourth place in the top ten airlines in Europe the Middle East and Africa, with just KLM, Flybe and Iberia sitting marginally ahead. In 2015, Monarch ranked in seventh place in the league.

Continuing to showcase the UK’s strength, Newcastle airport also ranked first among the smaller airports – those with the capacity between three and five million seats. In fact, both Birmingham and Newcastle were two of just six airports from around the world that achieved an on-time performance rating of over 90 per cent in 2016.

John Grant, the Senior Analyst at OAG, said: “The UK’s airports and airlines have always been leaders in the global aviation industry, delivering exceptionally high service levels. The success of Birmingham is just another example of how the UK’s regional airports have created world-class facilities and networks that both connect their regional communities to the world, and provide valuable economic growth. Congratulations to Birmingham, Newcastle and Monarch.”

OAG’s Punctuality League is based on more than 54 million flight records using full-year data from 2016.

Iuliia Tore

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