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Revealed: These are the world’s most punctual airports

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DUBAI: OAG Aviation Worldwide Limited has released the list of world’s top airport for punctuality. Below are the excerpts from the report.

Airports: small category (2.5–5m departing seats per annum)

Among the Top 20 Small Airports, 86.6% of arriving and departing flights were operated under 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival and departure times in 2016. The data coverage for these airports was 93.9%.

Heading the rankings of Small Airports is Newcastle (NCL) in the UK, which is one of only three airports in the world which managed to achieve OTP above 90% through the course of 2016. Newcastle is new to the Top 20 in 2016 due to the expansion of the qualifying criteria including a minimum of 3 million to 2.5 million departing seats.

Anchorage (ANC) in the United States achieved second place in the rankings for Small  Airports, having ranked outside the Top 20 Small Airports last year. With OTP at Anchorage just below 90%, almost nine of every ten flights at the airport were on time in 2016. Brussels South Charleroi (CRL) maintained its standing amongst the Top 3 this year and was ranked 3rd (ranked 2nd in 2015).

Norwegian airports performed well with the Avinor operated airports of Trondheim (TRD), Stavanger (SVG) and Bergen (BGO) all ranking within the Top 10 Small Airports in 2016.

Cairns (CNS) is the only Asia Pacific airport ranked in the Top 10 Small Airports. New to the rankings last year, Cairns has improved its ranking to come in at 7th place.

Eight of the Top 20 Small Airports are located in Latin America, with five in Brazil – Curitiba (CWB), Porto Alegre (POA), Recife (REC), Fortaleza (FOR) and Salvador (SSA).

Airports: medium category (5–10m departing seats per annum)

The average ont-time performance in 2016 among the Top 20 Medium Airports was 85.4%, meaning this percentage of arriving and departing flights operated under 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival and departure times. The average data coverage for these 20 airports was 94.7%.

In the top spot this year is Birmingham (BHX) with on-time performance of 91.28%. It is one of only three airports in this category to achieve OTP of over 90%.

Osaka (ITM) is ranked second with OTP of 89.68% while Panama City (PTY) is third with OTP of 89.56%.

The Top 20 Airports in the Medium Category are spread across the globe with Birmingham ranked highest in Europe; Osaka which is the highest-placed airport in Asia Pacific; Panama City is the highest-ranked airport in Latin America; Cape Town (CPT) is top in Africa, Bahrain (BAH) is the highest-placed airport in the Middle East, and Santa Ana (SNA) ranks first in North America.

The OAG Punctuality League welcomes Cape Town as a new entrant as coverage of flight status has improved to the point where the airport can be included. It is ranked in 6th place.

Airports: large category (10–20m departing seats per annum)

The Top 20 airports in the Large Airport category ensured that 83.9% of arriving and departing flights operated under 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival and departure times in 2016.

The average data coverage for these airports was 92.6%. Indonesian airport Surabaya (SUB) is ranked first among the Top 20 airports in this category and is the only airport with on-time performance above 90%. The OAG Punctuality League welcomes Surabaya following improvements in flight status coverage. Honolulu (HNL) takes second place with OTP of 87.53%, climbing up the rankings from 8th place.

In third place is Salt Lake City (SLC), an improvement on its 2015 ranking of 5th place, and an excellent achievement for an airport with significant annual snowfall, showing that inclement weather does not need to be an obstacle to delivering great performance when it comes to sticking to a schedule.

North American airports make their mark in the category with an impressive eight airports featuring among the Top 20 – Honolulu (HNL), Salt Lake City (SLC), Portland (PDX), San Diego (SAN), Tampa (TPA), Vancouver (YVR), Baltimore Washington (BWI), and Chicago Midway (MDW).

Airports: major category (>20m departing seats per annum)

Haneda (HND) in Tokyo tops the ranking for Major Airports for the second year in a row, a remarkable feat for one of the largest airports in the world. In 2016, Haneda was the world’s 4th largest in terms of seat capacity and 10th for the number of flights handled. This shows that size alone is no impediment to great on-time performance and helping passengers reach their destination as planned.

Ranked number two among Major Airports is Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) in Brazil. In 2016 the number of flights handled by the airport fell by 10%, possibly making the task of handling flights on time somewhat easier, but still a significant achievement.

Among the Top 20 Major Airports for on-time performance were 11 US airports of which Detroit (DTW) had the best OTP at 84.64% and is ranked 3rd. Ranked in 4th and 6th place, respectively, are Atlanta and Seattle which, along with Detroit, are all hubs for Delta Air Lines.

Capacity at Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) has grown and so the airport has moved up a category and this year takes 7th place among Major Airports with on-time performance of 83.52%.

Of the Major Airports in Asia Pacific, Singapore Changi (SIN) achieved the best OTP, ranked 8th, down one place from 2015.

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