Saturday, 5 January 2019

Great results for British Airways and Air Baltic in the OAG's Punctuality League

There are mixed results for some of the globes leading airlines in the latest edition of the OAG Punctuality League, published this week.

OAG is perhaps the world’s leading provider of travel data and insight and its latest report provides a comprehensive ranking of the world’s largest and leading airlines and airports in terms of on-time performance (OTP).

There were some surprises in this year's complete rankings at a time when many European airlines faced some tough conditions following air traffic control strikes as well as industrial action at airports. Such strike actions negatively impacted major airports across Europe, including Paris CDG, a regular in the top rankings for Mega Airports which fell out of this year’s top 20. Despite similar declines in on-time performance, London Heathrow and Frankfurt both managed to hold onto top 20 spots. Impressive considering the falls other airports in Europe experienced, Amsterdam's Schipol had a slight increase in its performance, holding onto the eighth spot on this year’s list of Mega Airports.

British Airways, itself no stranger to strike action and other issues during the year was ranked as Europe’s most punctual Mega Airline and the 10th most-punctual Mega Airline in the world. Up one spot from last year, the budget carrier easyJet finished 14th among Mega Airlines with an OTP of 72.7%.

Latvian government owned AirBaltic continued to retain its place as the most punctual airline in Europe and the second most punctual in the world, a great achievement for the reasonably small airline. Qatar Airways finished as the most punctual airline in the Middle East for a second straight year, while Emirates finished in second. 

A dramatic improvement in OTP earned Latin American-based Copa Airlines the title of the world’s most punctual airline, while its regional competition LATAM Airlines Group trailed closely behind in eighth. 

The league is based on 58 million flight records using full-year data from 2018 to create a ranking of the best on-time performance (OTP) for the world’s largest airlines and airports.  The Punctuality League rankings are shown as tables of the Top 20 airlines worldwide for OTP as well as the Top 20 Mainline airlines and low-cost carriers (LCCs). The world’s airports are divided into five size categories and the best in each category are ranked.

(Photos AirBaltic / British Airways / Copa)