Qantas Airways named most punctual airline across Asia-Pacific
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 scheduled 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 top 20 Mainline category, just 2.3 per cent behind number one global carrier, Hawaiian Airlines, and 1.2 per cent behind COPA Airlines and 0.3 per cent behind KLM.
Taking the region from strength to strength, Tokyo’s Haneda airport was also named Asia-Pacific’s most punctual airport in the Major category for the second consecutive year. With 87.5 per cent of its flights departing and arriving on-time, Haneda, one of the largest airports in the world, has retained its punctuality title, showing that size alone is no obstacle to providing a successful on-time performance.
Haneda, however, was not the only success to come out of Japan, with Osaka International ranking in second place in the Medium airport category. Just behind Birmingham airport in the UK, Osaka achieved an on-time performance of just under 90 per cent, with only three airports around the whole world achieving an on-time performance score of over 90 per cent in 2016. One of those was Surabaya in Indonesia, which took home the title for most punctual airport in the Large Category.
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, satisfied passengers.”
OAG’s Punctuality League is based on approximately 54 million flight records using full-year data from 2016.
View the full results from the OAG Punctuality League 2016 and download a copy of the full report
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