FlightStats Releases May '08 Airline and Airport Performance Reports

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Despite the general gloomy state of the airline industry, on-time performance for commercial airline flights in May 2008 was up significantly in the US and Europe.

Tokyo's Haneda airport continues to lead the way among the 50 busiest airports with over 91% of its flights arriving on time. But US and European airports are well represented in the top 10. Munich (MUC), Paris Orly (ORY) and Amsterdam (AMS), Orlando (MCO), Detroit (DTW), and Atlanta (ATL) joined Singapore (SIN), Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Seoul (ICN) to round out the ten best.

Major New York and London airports bring up the rear. Heathrow (LHR), Newark (EWR), La Guardia (LGA) and Standsted (STN) all performed below the 65% on time mark.

Download the reports for the ACI/IATA top 50 World Airports here:

May 2008 Arrivals Performance Report (.pdf)

2007 Summary Report (.pdf )

US Major Airlines - the Cloud has a Silver Lining:
It's difficult to imagine some good news among all the reports of bankruptcy, skyrocketing fares, hidden and not-so-hidden fees, route cutbacks, etc. However, there is a silver lining to this cloud of airline troubles - the overall on-time performance among US major airlines is approaching 80%. In past months, an 80% on-time performance rating would put your airline in the top 5. In May, 13 carriers posted better than 80% ratings. Horizon, AirTran, Skywest, and US Airways were among the seven airlines beating Southwest's usual mark of 83%.

You can download US Major Carrier reports here:

May 2008 Arrival Performance (.pdf)

2007 Year-end summary report (.pdf)

North American Airports - JFK looks like the best choice among the New York options:
New York's JFK airport continues to put some distance between it and the other two major New York airports. JFK's on-time arrival performance rating for May jumped another 5 percentage points to 72%. That compares to 64% and 63% at Newark and La Guardia respectively, the two worst performing major North American airports.

17 North American Airports delivered passengers on schedule at a greater than 80% rate. The overall rating among the top 40 North American airports rose to 78.4%, up from 76% in April, and less than 70% in March. Salt Lake City (SLC) led the pack with with nearly 88% of its inbound flights arriving on time.

You can download the North American Airport reports here:

May '08 Arrival Performance (.pdf)

2007 Arrival Performance - (.pdf)

European Major Airlines Report:
Binter Canarias led all European carriers in May with an impressive 92.4% on-time performance rating based upon a sample of 4688 flights.

British Airways continued to improve moving up over seven percentage points to nearly 68% over its April level. However, BA will have to work hard to catch up with European major carriers such as Lufthansa (83%), KLM ((84.6%), and SAS (84.24%).

Airlines in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean continued to struggle. Air One, Aegean, and Olympic performed below 50%.

You can download the European Major Carrier reports here:

May '08 Arrival Performance (.pdf)

2007 Arrival Performance - (.pdf)

FlightStats is an airline, airport, and travel information service provided by Conducive Technology Corp. On our Web site at, visitors can get flight status, track flights, view on-time performance ratings by flight or by airline, check for current airport delay and weather information, and much more. All services are freely accessible to site visitors and many services are available as widgets for installation on other web sites. FlightStats provides global flight status information and is the definitive source for historical airline performance data. Conducive Technology is also a leading supplier of air travel information services to travel agencies, logistics professionals, airlines, airports and industry analysts.


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