FlightStats Releases September 2012 Airline/Airport On-time Performance Report

FlightStats, the leader in global flight and airport information services has released September’s Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report. The report covers airlines and airports from North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
North American airlines, on average, delivered 80.50% of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in September, up 5 percentage points from August’s 74.87%. Though American Airlines experienced major flight disruptions (21,237 delays and 1,391 cancellations), cancellations for the group in September were down sharply: 7,985 cancelled flights compared to 14,564 in August 2012.

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

    1. HA Hawaiian Airlines – 95.47%
    2. QX Horizon Air – 94.25%
    3. CP Compass Airlines – 92.03%
    4. FL Airtran Airways – 90.75%
    5. CP Copa Airlines – 90.22%
    6. AS Alaska Airlines – 89.13%
    7. DL Delta Air Lines – 88.78%
    8. JV Bearskin Airlines – 88.45%
    9. TA Taca Airlines – 87.99%
    10. US US Airways – 87.15%

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

    1. AS Alaska Airlines – 89.13
    2. DL Delta Air Lines – 88.78%
    3. US US Airways – 87.15%
    4. WN Southwest Airlines – 86.27%
    5. B6 Jetblue- 82.98%
    6. UA United Airlines – 80.87%
    7. AC Air Canada – 68.59%
    8. AA American Airlines – 59.08%

A mix of major and regional European airlines turned in strong performances in September including NAYSA, Czech Airlines, Finnair and SAS. All of the airlines in the top ten delivered > 90% of their flights to the gate on time in September. The average OTP for the group was 85.03% in September, compared with 85.61% in August.
The top ten on-time arrival performers among European carriers were:

    1. ZN NAYSA – 95.46%
    2. KF Blue1 – 94.59%
    3. OK Czech Airlines – 94.20%
    4. BT airBaltic – 94.16%
    5. DB Brit Air – 93.49%
    6. WA KLM Cityhopper – 93.08%
    7. YS Regional – 92.73%
    8. AY Finnair – 92.66%
    9. 4U Germanwings – 91.75%
    10. SK SAS – 91.53%

Of the top ten Asian airline on time performers, six delivered >92% of their flights to the gate on time in September. The average on-time performance rating among the 38 Asian airlines we analyzed in September was 72.59%, up noticeable from August’s 66.69%.

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

    1. XM1 J-Air – 94.39%
    2. HD Hokkaido Int’l – 94.04%
    3. 6E IndiGo Airlines- 93.64%
    4. TR Tiger Airways – 93.49%
    5. EH ANA Wings – 92.13%
    6. 3X Japan Air Commuter – 92.03%
    7. JL Japan Airlines – 89.89%
    8. JC JAL Express – 89.18%
    9. TG Thai Airways – 87.69%
    10. NH ANA – 87.59%

This is our third quarterly on-time performance report on Middle Eastern airlines. Jazeera Airways continues to demonstrate its operational excellence with > 96% of its flights arriving on time in the third quater.
Here’s a summary of how the Middle Eastern leading airlines performed between July 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012:

    1.J9 Jazeera Airways – 96.04%
    2 GF Gulf Air – 89.16%
    3. WY Oman Aviation – 87.12%
    4. ME Middle East Airlines – 83.72%
    5. QR Qatar Airways – 82.86%
    6. SV Saudi Arabian Airlines – 82.19%
    7. G9 Air Arabia – 81.42%
    8. EY Etihad Airways – 77.54%
    9. FZ Flydubai – 74.88%
    10. RJ Royal Jordanian – 69.85%
    11. EK Emirates – 69.74%
    12. MS Egyptair – 65.83%
    13. KU Kuwait Airways – 57.65%
    14. TU Tunis Air – 31.61%

Though six North American airports were in the top ten, Tokyo’s Haneda continues to outperform the rest of the world’s busiest airports while posting a 92.98% on-time departure performance in September. One other Asian airport and two European airports rounded out the top 10 in September. The average on-time departure performance among the top 30 airports in September was 73.44%, up from 70.80% in August 2012.

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

    1. HND Tokyo, JP – 92.98%
    2. PHX Phoenix, AZ – 88.26%
    3. ATL Atlanta, GA – 86.82%
    4. MCO Orlando, FL – 86.11%
    5. CLT Charlotte, NC – 84.50%
    6. IAH Houston, TX – 83.57%
    7. MUC Munich, DE – 83.01%
    8. AMS Amsterdam, NL – 82.70%
    9. BKK Bangkok, TH – 82.54%
    10. LAX Los Angeles, CA – 82.17%

SLC took the top spot in North America for the second month in a row with a 92.72% on-time departure performance in September. The average on-time departure performance for the group in September was 82.78%, up from August’s 77.24%.

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 – 92.72%
    2. MSP Minneapolis, MN – 90.31%
    3. PDX Portland, OR – 90.27%
    4. SEA Seattle, WA – 89.86%
    5. PHX Phoenix, AZ – 88.26%
    6. OAK Oakland, CA – 87.47%
    7. PIT Pittsburgh, PA – 87.13%
    8. MEM Memphis, TN – 86.84%
    9. MCI Kansas City, MO – 86.83%
    10. ATL Atlanta, GA – 86.82%

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