Stats: The Most On-Time Airlines of 2019

Delta Air Lines

OAG has released its annual look at the most on-time airlines and airports worldwide. Called the Punctuality League 2020, the report ranks the on-time performance (OTP) of the world’s largest airlines and airports. 

According to the report, Delta finished as the top mega-airline in North America for a third consecutive year with an OTP of 83.56 percent. Several low-cost carriers (LCCs), including WestJet (OTP 78.98%), Allegiant Air (OTP 78.97%) and JetBlue (OTP 73.81%) improved year-over-year OTP, ranking sixth, seventh, and 10th respectively in North America. Spirit (13th; OTP 79.42%) and Southwest (14th; OTP 79.40%) finished among the top 20 LCCs globally. Hawaiian Airlines kept its first-place ranking among U.S. airlines for a sixth-straight year, with an OTP of 87.40 percent. WestJet was the No. 1 airline for OTP in Canada.

Delta-hub airport Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) was the second most punctual major airport in the world, with an OTP of 83.27 percent. U.S. airports dominated OAG’s major airport category, with seven rankings among the top 10 globally, including Detroit (DTW; OTP 83.08%), Charlotte (CLT; OTP 80.70%), Phoenix (PHX; OTP 80.28%), Miami (MIA; OTP 80.22%), Houston (IAH; OTP 79.25%) and Las Vegas (LAS; OTP 79.12%). Eight U.S. mega-airports finished in the top 20 globally, including Atlanta, (ATL; OTP 83.74%), Seattle (SEA; OTP 80.27%), Los Angeles (LAX; OTP 79.62%) and New York (JFK; OTP 77.87%).

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“Delta’s continued OTP dominance is remarkable given the size and range of its operations. The performance is also a testament to the hub locations they serve, especially Atlanta and Seattle,” said John Grant, senior analyst with OAG, in a written statement. “Airlines and airports continue to demonstrate strong OTP overall. We are reaching near peak operational OTP across the world.”

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