OAG releases 2016 airlines, airports OTP ranking

OAG has released the results of the OAG Punctuality League 2016, the industry´s annual ranking of on-time performance (OTP) for the world´s airlines and airports, the company said.

From a database of approximately 54 million flight records, OAG produces the annual benchmarking report which defines “on time” as within 14 minutes and 59 seconds of scheduled arrival/departure time.

Hawaiian Airlines took the top spot in the airline OTP rankings, finishing 2016 with an OTP of 89.9 percent. Finishing the year as the most punctual airline represents a major jump for Hawaiian, which improved from ninth place last year. Delta Air Lines moved up to third among US airlines and maintaining the top spot among major carriers.

Among US airports, Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) took the top spot and finished third in the global rankings with an OTP of 85.4 percent in what was an exceptional year for airport OTP domestically.

In 2016, only four low-cost carriers (LCCs) ranked in the top 20 of the overall airlines category. Southwest finished seventh with an OTP of 81 percent. JetBlue moved up from 18th to 15th, with an OTP of 75.3 percent, but dropped out of the top 10 among North American airlines. The most punctual LCC overall was Monarch Airlines.

Among major carriers in the US, United Airlines overtook American Airlines, jumping up three spots in the rankings. The three largest carriers in the US all ranked among the top 10 in North America, with Delta leading at 84.3 percent (3rd), United at 80 percent (6th) and American at 78.4 percent (8th).

In addition to the nine US airports in the Top 20 in the Major Airport category, eleven finished in the Top 20 of the Large Airport category, which is characterized by airports that handle 10-20 million seats per year. Portland International Airport (PDX) jumped from outside the Top 20 in 2015 to seventh place in 2016, with an OTP of 85.1 percent. Every airport that made the Top 20 in these two categories boasted an OTP of greater than 80 percent.

Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) tops the rankings for on-time performance in 2016 in the Major Airport category. This is the second year in a row the airport has achieved this distinction — a considerable accomplishment for an airport which is among the largest and busiest in the world.

OAG is the world´s leading air travel intelligence company that provides accurate, timely and actionable flight information and applications to the world´s airlines, airports, government agencies and travel-related service companies. OAG has the world´s largest network of air travel data including the definitive schedules database of more than 900 airlines and over 4,000 airports. With the most extensive flight status information database in the market, OAG handles approximately 54 million records of flight status updates per year, processes 1.4 billion requests and continues to deliver in excess of 35 million dynamic flight status updates daily.