FlightStats Releases August 2012 Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report

FlightStats, the undisputed leader in global flight and airport information services, releases it’s August 2012 Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report. The report covers airlines and airports from North America, Europe and Asia (Middle Eastern airlines are reported on a quarterly basis).

North American airlines, on average, delivered 74.87% of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in August, up 2 percentage points from July’s 72.12%. Though Tropical Storm Isaac and United Airline’s system glitch caused major flight disruptions, cancellations in August were noticeably down with 14,564 cancelled flights compared to 15,795 in July 2012.

North America’s top 10 performing airlines and their on-time arrival percentages in August were:

    1. QX Horizon Air – 93.84%
    2. HA Hawaiian Airlines – 91.46%
    3. CM Copa Airlines – 90.62%
    4. AS Alaska Airlines – 88.82%
    5. CP Compass Airlines – 88.64%
    6. WP Hawaiian Island Air – 88.30%
    7. JV Bearskin Airlines – 87.07%
    8. 9M Central Mountain Air – 85.91%
    9. US US Airways – 83.71%
    10. DL Delta Air Lines – 83.56%

Alaska Airlines, US Airways and Delta led the majors in August. Here’s how the North American major carriers on-time arrival percentages compared:

    1. AS Alaska Airlines – 88.82%
    2. US US Airways – 83.71%
    3. DL Delta Air Lines – 83.56%

    4. WN Southwest Airlines – 79.83%

    5. AA American Airlines – 74.18%

    6. B6 Jetblue- 73.40%

    7. UA United Airlines – 71.83%

    8. AC Air Canada – 50.81%

A mix of major and regional European airlines turned in strong performances in August including NAYSA, Cimber, Finnair and Austrian leading the way. An impressive 22 European airlines we tracked delivered > 90% of their flights to the gate on time in August, up from 9 in July. The average OTP for the group was 85.61% in August, up from 81.42% in July.

The top ten on-time arrival performers among European carriers were:

    1. ZN NAYSA – 95.06%
    2. QI Cimber – 95.51%
    3. KF Blue1 – 95.43%
    4. BT airBaltic – 94.23%
    5. AY Finnair – 93.88%
    6. 4U Germanwings – 93.53%
    7. OK Czech Airlines – 93.17%
    8. OS Austrian Airlines – 92.82%
    9. EW Eurowings – 92.82%
    10. VO Tyrolean Airways – 92.67%

J-Air, IndiGo, Hokkaido and Tiger led all Asian airlines in August with each averaging >90% on-time arrival performance. The average on-time performance rating among the 38 Asian airlines we analyzed in August was 66.69%, nearly identical to July’s 66.96%.

Here are the top ten’s on-time arrival percentage numbers :

    1. XM1 J-Air – 93.89%
    2. 6E IndiGo Airlines – 93.01%
    3. HD Hokkaido Int’l – 91.67%
    4. TR Tiger Airways – 91.64%
    5. SG SpiceJet – 89.00%
    6. JC JAL Express – 88.91%
    7. EH ANA Wings – 88.64%
    8. JL Japan Airlines – 88.00%
    9. 9W Jet Airways – 84.20%
    10. NH ANA – 84.07%

Tokyo’s Haneda continues to outperform the rest of the world’s busiest airports while posting a 91.46% on-time departure performance in August. Two other Asian airports, 3 North American and 4 European airports rounded out the top 10 in August. The average on-time departure performance among the top 30 airports in August was 70.80%, up from 67.30% in July 2012.

The top 10 performers among the world’s busiest airports were:

    1. HND Tokyo, JP – 91.46%
    2. MUC Munich, DE – 85.34%
    3. FRA Frankfurt, DE – 83.97%
    4. PHX Phoenix, AZ – 83.44%
    5. AMS Amsterdam, NL – 82.20%
    6. CLT Charlotte, NC – 82.60%
    7. SYD Sydney, AU – 81.84%
    8. BKK Bangkok, TH – 80.20%
    9. ATL Atlanta, GA – 79.64%
    10. LHR London, EN – 79.46%

SLC took the top spot in August with an 88.85% on-time departure performance. The average on-time departure performance for the group in August was 77.24%, up from July’s 74.82%. Here is a summary of the on-time departure performance for the 10 best performing large North American airports:

    1. SLC Salt Lake City, UT – 88.85%
    2. MSP Minneapolis, MN – 87.66%
    3. PDX Portland, OR – 87.32%
    4. SEA Seattle, WA – 86.97%
    5. MCI Kansas City, MO – 84.01%
    6. PHX Phoenix, AZ – 83.44%
    7. PIT Pittsburgh, PA – 83.38%
    8. MEM Memphis, TN – 83.34%
    9. CVG Cincinnati, OH – 82.97%
    10. SAN San Diego, CA – 82.86%

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