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OAG Reveals Global On-Time Performance Results 2015

January 8, 2016 Statistics & Trends No Comments Print Print Email Email

OAG, the global leader in air travel intelligence, is today announcing the results of the OAG Punctuality League 2015, the industry’s most comprehensive annual ranking of on-time performance (OTP) for the world’s airlines and airports. For the first time, this year’s league table incorporates enhanced depth and coverage from OAG’s newly consolidated flight status and day-of-travel database, OAG flightview.

Latvian airline airBaltic once again leads the airline rankings, with an average OTP rating of 94.39%, followed by Panama’s Copa Airlines (91.69%) and Brazil’s low-cost carrier (LCC) Azul (91.03%) in third place – which places it as the leading LCC for OTP. In the LCC category, Latin America leads the way with Azul (91.03%) and Gol Airlines(86.45%) in the top three and Norwegian (86.9%) takes second place.

Japan dominates the airport categories, with Osaka Itami Airport (93.85%) rated as the ‘Best Small Airport’ andTokyo Haneda Airport (91.25%) as the ‘Best Large Airport’. Also in ‘Best Small Airport’, Brussels South Charleroi Airport (93.61%) and Panama City Tocumen International (92.55%) are ranked second and third respectively. The ‘Best Medium Airport’ category is led by Copenhagen (88.53%) followed by Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport (88.48%) and Helsinki (88.43%). After Tokyo in the ‘Best Large Airport’ category, Munich (87.71%) and São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (87.47%) are ranked second and third respectively.

From a database of more than 50 million flight records, and incorporating data from OAG’s flightview flight status database, OAG produces the annual benchmarking report for the OTP of Top Airports (Small; Medium; Large), Top Airlines (Mainline; LCCs) and Airlines by Region (Europe Middle East & Africa or ‘EMEA’; China; Asia Pacific; The Americas). For 2015, OAG has introduced new categories for Most Improved Airports and Airlines, Top Meetings and Convention Cities and also benchmarks OAG’s Megahubs.

  • Top 10 EMEA Airlines

Also available: Asia Pacific; Latin America; The Americas.

Rank Airline Name Code Average OTP 2015
1 airBaltic BT 94.39%
2 Finnair AY 89.52%
3 Austrian Airlines OS 89.28%
4 LOT – Polish Airlines LO 88.88%
5 KLM KL 88.45%
6 SAS SK 88.21%
7 Monarch Airlines ZB 88.18%
8 Iberia IB 87.53%
9 Flybe BE 87.47%
10 Qatar Airways QR 87.12%



  • Top 10 EMEA Airports
Rank Airline Name Code Average OTP 2015
1 Brussels South Charleroi CRL 93.61%
2 Stavanger SVG 91.15%
3 Bergen BGO 90.91%
4 Cologne Bonn CGN 90.42%
5 Warsaw WAW 89.87%
6 Bristol BRS 88.64%
7 Hannover HAJ 88.59%
8 Copenhagen CPH 88.53%
9 Moscow Sheremetyevo SVO 88.48%
10 Helsinki HEL 88.43%

Madrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas Airport is well-placed at 12th in the ‘Best Large Airport’ category, a reflection of Iberia’s excellent operational efficiency within the IAG family. Iberia itself achieves eighth place in the EMEA Airlines category. The UK’s Monarch Airlines and Flybe perform well in EMEA Airlines, achieving seventh and ninth place respectively.

John Grant, senior analyst, OAG, says: “Runway capacity of course continues to be an issue for the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick’s OTP ratings are both down on last year, a real reflection of how far those airports are stretched for capacity. In 2014, Heathrow and Gatwick’s scheduled flights were 471,272 and 248,816 respectively. Compare that to 2015, when the scheduled flights were 472,604 (0.2% increase) at Heathrow and 259,611 (4% increase) at Gatwick, we can see that while both airports have worked hard in the last few years to fill the off-peak hours, they have now almost reached full use.”

Grant continues: “The OTP of airlines and airports plays a valuable role in the industry and has the power to bring about positive change in the future of aviation. The benchmarking tool is a powerful ‘key performance indicator’ as well as a potential service differentiator for marketing the products to travellers. An airline’s schedule is a key element of what the traveller is buying – passengers need to be able to plan around realistic and reliable arrival times and connecting time requirements. Airline planning and operations also rely on these schedules, without which fuelling, catering and airport services cannot be planned.

“The OTP rankings of airports will always differ across the regions as operational issues such as congestion, competition from other transport modes and scheduling come into play. Prudent expectation setting means keeping schedules realistic in the face of increasingly congested hub airports, to help the integrity of that airline’s entire schedule.”

Grant concludes: “In this digital age, passengers have access to more data than ever before. Travellers can see flight delay information while on the move as easily as the airline and airport staff. This means passengers are more engaged and better informed about delays and OTP than in the past. The benchmarking of OTP data remains as important as ever.”

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