OAG, the global leader in air travel intelligence, has released the results of the OAG Punctuality League 2016, the industry’s most comprehensive annual ranking of on-time performance (OTP) for the world’s airlines and airports.
This year’s data saw many U.S. airlines and airports thrive, with nine airports ranking among the Top 20 in the world within the major airports category (airports with more than 20 million passengers in 2016).
The OAG Punctuality League is derived from the most comprehensive airline schedules database in the world and is the most transparent global benchmark for the world’s airlines and airports.
Among the biggest winners were Hawaiian Airlines, which took the top spot in the airline OTP rankings, finishing 2016 with an OTP of 89.9 percent. Finishing the year as the most punctual airline represents a major jump for Hawaiian, which improved from ninth place last year. Delta Air Lines also jumped a spot from 2015, moving up to third among U.S. airlines and maintaining the top spot among major carriers.
Among U.S. airports, Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) took the top spot and finished third in the global rankings with an OTP of 85.4 percent in what was an exceptional year for airport OTP domestically.
“Airlines and airports continue to place an emphasis on OTP, as travelers consistently value on-time performance as a significant factor when booking travel,” said John Grant, senior analyst at OAG. “U.S. airports continue to stack up very well against their global counterparts, with eleven airports among the top 20 and both Detroit International and Salt Lake City International (SLC) finishing in the top two spots in their respective categories.”
In 2016, low-cost carrier (LCC) rankings remained mostly stable. Only four LCCs ranked in the top 20 of the overall airlines category. Southwest maintained its spot in the top 10 in the LCC category, finishing seventh with an OTP of 81 percent. JetBlue moved up from 18th to 15th in this category, with an OTP of 75.3 percent, but dropped out of the top 10 among North American airlines. The most punctual LCC overall was Monarch Airlines.
Among major carriers in the U.S., United Airlines overtook American Airlines this year, jumping up three spots in the rankings. The three largest carriers in the U.S. all ranked among the top 10 in North America, with Delta leading the pack at 84.3 percent (3rd), United at 80 percent (6th) and American at 78.4 percent (8th).
In addition to the nine U.S. airports in the Top 20 in the Major Airport category, eleven finished in the Top 20 of the Large Airport category, which is characterized by airports that handle 10-20M seats per year. One of the biggest movers was Portland International Airport (PDX), which jumped from outside the Top 20 in 2015 to seventh place in 2016, with an OTP of 85.1 percent. Every airport that made the Top 20 in these two categories boasted an OTP of greater than 80 percent.
Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) tops the rankings for on-time performance in 2016 in the Major Airport category. This is the second year in a row the airport has achieved this distinction — a considerable accomplishment for an airport which is among the largest and busiest in the world.
From a database of approximately 54 million flight records, OAG produces the annual benchmarking report which defines “on time” as within 14 minutes and 59 seconds of scheduled arrival/departure time.