Russia’s Aeroflot has been named as the world’s most on-time mainline airline in the annual On-Time Performance (OTP) Review released today by travel data and analytics expert Cirium. The OTP Review identifies the world’s best-performing airlines and airports for on-time flight operations in 2019.
According to the long-running analysis by Cirium, which provides the definitive ranking of the top ten most on-time airlines and airports globally, by size and region, 86.7 percent of Aeroflot’s flights operated on-time in 2019.
Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) came in second place with 86.3 percent of its flights on time.
Last year’s winner, Delta Air Lines, took third place in the global category with 85.7 percent of flights arriving on-time but topped the ranking in the North America category in both mainline and network.
Meanwhile, Latin American airline LATAM clinches top ranking of the global network airline category with 86.7 percent of the flights in its network arriving on time.
The 2019 review also reveals that the most punctual airline in Europe is also Aeroflot. In the Asia Pacific, ANA takes top spot; Copa Airlines is most on-time in Latin America; and in the Middle East and Africa, Qatar Airways beats Emirates to top ranking.
Japanese airline StarFlyer is named the world’s most punctual low cost carrier with 91.4 percent of flights arriving on-schedule.
Cirium’s OTP Review also identifies the world’s most punctual airport, with Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International (SVO) operating the most on-schedule departing flights, with 95 percent being on time.
As the world’s leading authority on airline on-time performance, aviation and travel data analytics expert Cirium has now published its annual review for 11 consecutive years.
It is designed to raise the benchmark by encouraging airlines and airports to invest, ensuring they operate on-time and provide their customers with a best-in-class travel experience, both in the air and on the ground.
Jeremy Bowen, Cirium CEO, said: “We apply the highest level of data analysis to form our On-Time Performance Review and we’re delighted to announce that Aeroflot surpassed other leading airlines as the world’s most on-time mainline airline.
“Looking at the Russian carrier’s past year it’s clear that as Aeroflot has more controls in place over their environment than most, that helps enormously to drive operational efficiency. Russia’s successful year continues with Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International airport also winning the top spot as the most punctual airport.
“Airlines and airports which consistently operate on-time and go that extra mile for their customers deserve to be recognized in an increasingly competitive environment and should be justifiably proud of reaching such a world-class industry standard.”
Cirium’s 600 unrivaled data sources, including almost every airline around the world, means it tracks over a staggering 100,000 flights a day and bases its analysis on an 80 percent coverage requirement for each category. According to Cirium, an airline’s flight is on-time if the aircraft arrives at the gate under 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time. Airport on-time performance is measured by on-time departing flights.