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Top Performing Airlines & Airports in March, Istanbul at Top

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FlightStats, Inc., the leader in global flight and airport information services, has released the March 2013 Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report.

south-african-airwaysThe report covers airlines and airports in the following regions: Major International, North America, Europe and Asia.

Major International airlines on average delivered 78.76% of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in March , up slightly from February’s 77.64%. Cancellations for the group in March were 1.35%, down from 1.57% last month. Only two major international carriers: (SA) South African and (GF) Gulf Air, delivered over 90% of their flights on time.

The top ten performing Global airlines and their on-time percentages in March were:

1          (SA) South African        92.26%

2          (GF) Gulf Air     92.11%

3          (SQ) Singapore Airlines 89.92%

4          (KL) KLM          88.93%

5          (AY) Finnair      88.67%

6          (JL) Japan Airlines        88.54%

7          (NZ) Air New Zealand    87.97%

8          (U2) EasyJet     87.65%

9          (NH) ANA         87.28%

10        (KE) Korean Air Lines    86.35%

Horizon-airNorth American Airlines

North American airlines, on average, delivered 79.04% of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in March. The group’s cancellations decreased to 1.81%.

North America’s top ten performing airlines and their on-time percentages in March were:

1          (QX) Horizon     90.50%

2          (HA) Hawaiian   89.63%

3          (5D) Aeroméxico Connect         89.02%

4          (VX) Virgin America      87.25%

5          (CP) Compass  86.45%

6          (AS) Alaska      85.64%

7          (DL) Delta         84.55%

8          (YV) Mesa        83.93%

9          (JIA) PSA         83.19%

10        (US) US Airways           82.26%

(AS) Alaska led the majors again in March with 85.64% on-time performance. Here’s how the North American major carriers on-time arrival percentages compared:

1          (AS) Alaska      85.64%

2          (DL) Delta         84.55%

3          (US) US Airways           82.26%

4          (AA) American  81.20%

5          (UA) United       80.54%

6          (WN) Southwest            77.02%

7          (B6) Jetblue      72.73%

8          (AC) Air Canada            70.20%

European Airlines

A mix of major and regional European airlines turned in strong performances in March. (TF) Malmo Aviation took the top spot delivering 93.83% of its flights on time. In March eight of the top 10 had at least 90% of their flights to the gate on time. The OTP for the group was 80.54% in March, down from 81.30% in February. Cancellations for March for the group were 1.94% up from February’s cancellations of 1.68%. (IB) Iberia Airlines had the highest percentage of cancellations with 6.26%.

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

1          (TF) Malmo Aviation      93.83%

2          (A3) Aegean Airlines     93.35%

3          (WA) KLM Cityhopper   92.84%

4          (OA) Olympic Air          92.62%

5          (FV) Rossiya    92.62%

6          (NT) Binter Canarias      91.60%

7          (DB) Brit Air      90.20%

8          (LO) LOT – Polish Airlines         90.13%

9          (ZN) NAYSA     89.44%

10        (KL) KLM          88.93%

Asian Airlines

Of the top ten Asian airline on time performers, six delivered greater than 90% of their flights to the gate on time in March. The average on-time performance rating among the 41 Asian airlines we analyzed in March was 72.44%, up from February’s 68.18%. Cancellations for the group were 1.28%.

Here are the top ten on-time arrival performers among Asian carriers:

1          (BX) Air Busan  97.06%

2          (3X) Japan Air Commuter          93.68%

3          (XM1) J-Air       92.66%

4          (FD) Thai AirAsia          90.67%

5          (6E) IndiGo       90.33%

6          (EH) ANA Wings           90.22%

7          (SQ) Singapore Airlines 89.92%

8          (JC) JAL Express         89.87%

9          (JL) Japan Airlines        88.54%

10        (NH) ANA         87.28%

Major International Airports

(HND) Tokyo’s Haneda recaptured the top spot among the world’s busiest airports with an on-time performance of 92%. In March, seven North American airports, two Asian Airports and one European airport was in the top ten. The average on-time departure performance among the top 35 international airports in March was 74.59% up slightly from February’s rate of 73.29% and cancellations for the group were 1.35% down from February’s rate of 2.39%.

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

1 Tokyo (HND) 92.00%

2 Seattle (SEA) 86.80%

3 Charlotte (CLT) 84.88%

4 Singapore (SIN) 84.53%

5 Phoenix (PHX) 84.34%

6 Amsterdam (AMS) 84.13%

7 Minneapolis (MSP) 83.56%

8 Detroit (DTW) 83.45%

9 Los Angeles (LAX) 82.19%

10 Boston (BOS) 81.18%

North American Airports

(PDX) Portland International Airport took the top spot with 88.52% on-time departure performance in March. The average on-time departure performance for the group in March was 79.92% down slightly from February’s 80.13%. Cancellations for the group were down one percentage point to 1.74% in March. This was likely due to several end-of-season storms hitting the country in March. Most affected airports were, (LGA) 4.82%, (IAD) 4.54%, (DCA) 4.27%, (BOS) 3.35%, (ORD) 3.31% and (EWR) 3.27% of their flights cancelled.

Here is a summary of the on-time departure performance for the ten best performing large North American airports:

1 Portland (PDX) 88.52%

2 Salt Lake City (SLC) 87.19%

3 Seattle (SEA) 86.80%

4 Vancouver (YVR) 84.95%

5 Charlotte (CLT) 84.88%

6 Phoenix (PHX) 84.34%

7 San Diego (SAN) 84.06%

8 Honolulu (HNL) 83.92%

9 Minneapolis (MSP) 83.56%

10 Detroit (DTW) 83.45%

sabiha-gokcen2European Airports

(SAW) Istanbul captured Europe’s top spot with a 91.22% on-time departure performance in March. Only two of the top ten had an average that exceeded 90%. The average on-time departure performance for the group in March was 70.67%. Cancellations for the group were 1.96%, up slightly from February’s 1.81%.

Here are on-time departure performance results for the ten best performing large European airports:

1 Istanbul (SAW) 91.22%

2 Athens (ATH) 90.15%

3 Palma Mallorca (PMI) 85.35%

4 Warsaw (WAW) 84.62%

5 Prague (PRG) 84.61%

6 Amsterdam (AMS) 84.13%

7 Barcelona (BCN) 82.28%

8 Toulouse (TLS) 81.93%

9 Munich (MUC) 81.03%

10 Lyon (LYS) 80.58%

Asian Airports

ITM) Osaka International Airport leads Asian airports with 96.48% on-time departure performance in March. Six of the top ten airports had on-time departure performance rates that exceeded 90%. The average on-time departure performance for the group in March was 58.84% up from 52.04% in February. Cancelations for the group were at 1.41%.

Here is a list of the on-time departure performance for the ten best performing large Asian airports:

1 Osaka (ITM) 96.48%

2 Jeju (CJU) 95.16%

3 Nagoya (NGO) 92.94%

4 Tokyo (HND) 92.00%

5 Seoul (GMP) 91.52%

6 Fukuoka (FUK) 90.52%

7 Sapporo (CTS) 86.55%

8 Taipei (TPE) 84.62%

9 Singapore (SIN) 84.53%

10 Tokyo (NRT) 84.48%

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