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Qantas named most punctual airline across Asia-Pacific, jumping from fourth place to first in just one year

January 6, 2017 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Qantas has today been announced as the most punctual airline of 2016 across the Asia-Pacific region, following the release of OAG’s annual Punctuality League. Jumping from fourth place to first in just one year, the carrier, which operated approximately 268,000 flights throughout 2016, marginally beat Japan Airlines to the top spot, with 87.6 per cent of its flights arriving on time.

However, Qantas’ performance wasn’t just limited to the Asia-Pacific League, with the airline also placing fourth in the global top 20 mainline category, just 2.3 per cent behind number one global mainline carrier, Hawaiian Airlines, and 1.2 per cent behind COPA Airlines and 0.3 per cent behind KLM.

Mark Clarkson, OAG, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for carriers of the size and complexity of Qantas to come out on top of the regional ranking. For any airline of its stature, there is a staggering array of service providers that support the transactional and functional performance. Qantas has clearly delivered an immensely stable operation in 2016, enabling consistent on-time performance and, in turn, satisfying passengers.”

Australian airports are well represented across all the categories: Cairns joins the global top 10 in the Small Airports Category (2.5m-5m departing seats) also making it Australia’s most punctual airport.

Sydney continues to belong to the Top 20 most punctual airports in the world (Major Category – >20m departing seats) whilst Melbourne misses out this year by 0.1%. Perth and Adelaide achieved Top 10 status in their category (Medium) whilst Brisbane also made the Top 10 in the Large Category.

Top 10 Australia & New Zealand Airports by OTP

 Rank Airport Name  On-time performance (OTP) 2016
 1 Cairns 87.23%
 2 Brisbane 86.71%
 3 Perth


 4 Adelaide 84.90%
 5 Christchurch 82.01%
 6 Sydney 81.81%
 7 Gold Coast 79.73%
 8 Melbourne 79.65%
 9 Wellington 78.93%
 10 Auckland 78.74%

Airlines by region / Asia Pacific

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Rank Airline Name Code Average OTP 2015
1 Qantas Airways QF 87.56%
2 Japan Airlines JL 86.74%
3 Singapore Airlines SQ 85.19%
4 All Nippon Airways NH 84.71%
5 Virgin Australia VA 84.52%
6 Fiji Airways FJ 81.77%
7 SilkAir MI 81.28%
8 Air New Zealand NZ 79.20%
9 Thai AirAsia FD 78.60%
10 Skymark Airlines BC 78.32%

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