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Aussie airports among world’s most punctual

Our airlines have a pretty good record too

We may whinge about their expensive parking, transport options and dining, and immigration/customs can be a headache, but at least Australian airports perform admirably where it matters most: punctuality.



According to a new report by OAG, Aussie airports are among the most on-time in the world, with Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns all featuring in the top 20 lists for their respective categories.


In the competitive Major Airports category (20-30 million departing seats per year), Melbourne and Sydney finished in 13th and 16th places, with on-time performance (OTP) scores of 79.04% and 78.29% respectively.


In OAG’s 2018 Punctuality League report, OTP is measured by flights that arrive or depart under 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival/departure times.


In the Large Airports category (10-20m passengers), Brisbane finished a commendable 6th place (83.71%), while in the Medium Airports category (5-10m passengers), Perth placed eighth (84.20%) and Adelaide tenth (83.57%).


In the Small Airports category (2.5-5m passengers), Cairns finished ninth (85.25%).


Among the world’s Mega Airports (30m+ seats per annum), the new highest category, Tokyo Haneda (86.75%) edged Madrid (83.63%) and Atlanta (82.38%) airports as the world’s most punctual.


Meanwhile, the report identified Qantas as one of the most on-time carriers. Among the World’s Top 20 Mainline Airlines by OTP, Qantas finished in fifth position (86.18%).


Virgin Australia also fared well, placing in 18th spot (81.06%) on the same list, while among Low Cost Carriers globally, Jetstar finished in 16th position (75.99%).


The leading mainline airlines overall were airBaltic (90.01%), Hong Kong Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Copa Airlines.


To see how other airports and airlines fared, check out the full 2018 Punctuality League report here.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 10 January 2018

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