FlightStats Announces May 2013 Airline/Airport On-time Performance Report

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Seventeen out of 50 European airlines evaluated delivered on-time performance rates greater than 90%.

FlightStats Chart of May 2013 Major International Airlines On-time Performance Report

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FlightStats, Inc., the leader in global flight and airport information services, has released the May 2013 Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report. The report covers airlines and airports in the following regions: Major International, North America, Europe and Asia. Get the FlightStats May 2013 On-time Airline/Airport Performance Report.

The FlightStats May 2013 On-time Performance Report Summary:

Major International Airlines - Graphic

Major International airlines on average delivered 80.70% of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in May, up from April’s 78.67% . Cancellations for the group were 1.09%, down a fraction from 1.12% last month. Five major international carriers: (AY) Finnair, (SA) South African, (GF) Gulf Air, (NH) ANA, and (U2) EasyJet delivered over 90% of their flights on time.

The top ten performing major international airlines and their on-time percentages in April were:
1    (AY) Finnair    93.83%
2    (SA) South African    93.19%
3    (GF) Gulf Air    92.69%
4    (NH) ANA    91.29%
5    (U2) EasyJet    90.42%
6    (JL) Japan Airlines    89.82%
7    (KL) KLM    89.63%
8    (SK) SAS    89.36%
9    (UX) Air Europa    89.28%
10    (VO) Tyrolean Airways    89.06%

North American Airlines - Graphic

After the headlines of all the delays in April due to FAA furloughs, May’s air traffic performance in North America remained quite constant with the previous two months. North American airlines, on average, delivered 79.98% of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in May compared with 78.27% in April and 79.04% in March. The group’s cancellations decreased to 1.29% down from 1.85%. (5D) Aeroméxico led overall in North America with 93.02%, and (AS) Alaska led the majors again with 89.57% on-time performance. 

North America's top ten performing airlines and their on-time percentages were:

1    (5D) Aeroméxico Connect    93.02%
2    (QX) Horizon    91.66%
3    (HA) Hawaiian    90.85%
4    (AS) Alaska    89.57%
5    (QK) Jazz    87.41%
6    (CP) Compass    86.86%
7    (DL) Delta    86.00%
8    (JIA) PSA    84.19%
9    (FL) Airtran    83.44%
10    (OO) SkyWest    83.07%

Here's how the North American major carriers on-time arrival percentages compared:

1    (AS) Alaska    89.57%
2    (DL) Delta    86.00%
3    (AC) Air Canada    82.86%
4    (US) US Airways    82.29%
5    (B6) Jetblue    80.44%
6    (UA) United    80.28%
7    (WN) Southwest    78.97%
8    (AA) American    77.08%

European Airlines - Graphic

A mix of major and regional European airlines turned in really strong performances in May. (NT) Binter Canarias again took the top spot delivering 98.25% of its flights on time. Notably, 17 of the 50 airlines we evaluated had over 90% of their flights to the gate on time. The OTP for the group was 85.09%. Cancellations for the group were 1.11%. (WF) Widerøe’s had the highest percentage of cancellations at 15.64%.

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

1    (NT) Binter Canarias    98.25%
2    (ZN) NAYSA    96.75%
3    (TF) Malmo Aviation    96.23%
4    (KF) Blue1    94.49%
5    (AY) Finnair    93.83%
6    (YS) Régional     93.61%
7    (WA) KLM Cityhopper    93.11%
8    (DY) Norwegian Air Shuttle    92.90%
9    (FV) Rossiya    92.85%
10    (CJ) BA CityFlyer    92.78%

Asian Airlines - Graphic
All of the top ten Asian airlines delivered greater than 90% of their flights to the gate on time in May. The average on-time performance rating among the 41 Asian airlines we analyzed was 72.39%, up from April’s 69.83%. Cancellations for the group were 2.02% up from 1.47%.

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

1    (XM1) J-Air    97.24%
2    (FD) Thai AirAsia    96.08%
3    (NU) Japan Transocean    95.47%
4    (HD) Hokkaido    94.48%
5    (3X) Japan Air Commuter    94.04%
6    (EH) ANA Wings    93.96%
7    (BX) Air Busan    93.24%
8    (JC) JAL Express    91.58%
9    (NH) ANA    91.29%
10    (6E) IndiGo    90.09%

Major International Airports - Graphic

(HND) Tokyo's Haneda maintained its top spot among the world’s busiest airports with an on-time performance of 93.82%. In May, five North American airports, three European airports, and two Asian Airports were in the top ten. The average on-time departure performance among the top 35 international airports was 74.92% up slightly from April’s rate of 74.26% and cancellations for the group were 1.31% down from April’s rate of 1.77%.

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

1    Tokyo (HND)    93.82%
2    Seattle (SEA)    88.62%
3    Munich (MUC)    87.15%
4    Minneapolis (MSP)    85.00%
5    Charlotte (CLT)    84.76%
6    Singapore (SIN)    84.74%
7    Phoenix (PHX)    84.64%
8    Amsterdam (AMS)    84.59%
9    Frankfurt (FRA)    83.48%
10    Detroit (DTW)    83.30%

North American Airports - Graphic

(YVR) Vancouver took the top spot with 91.41% on-time departure performance in May. The average on-time departure performance for the group was 79.89% up slightly from April’s 78.86%. Cancellations for the group were 1.17%.

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

1    Vancouver (YVR)    91.41%
2    Salt Lake City (SLC)    89.85%
3    Seattle (SEA)    88.62%
4    Portland (PDX)    88.38%
5    Calgary (YYC)    87.01%
6    Montreal (YUL)    85.06%
7    Minneapolis (MSP)    85.00%
8    Charlotte (CLT)    84.76%
9    Phoenix (PHX)    84.64%
10    San Diego (SAN)    84.53%

European Airports - Graphic

(OSL) Oslo took Europe’s top spot with a 89.33% on-time departure performance in May. The average on-time departure performance for the group was 76.24%, down slightly from April’s 77.38%. Cancellations for the group were .80%, down from April’s 1.15%.

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

1    Oslo (OSL)    89.33%
2    Istanbul (SAW)    88.93%
3    Munich (MUC)    87.15%
4    Athens (ATH)    87.08%
5    Geneva (GVA)    86.82%
6    Prague (PRG)    86.35%
7    Toulouse (TLS)    85.92%
8    Berlin (TXL)    85.91%
9    Copenhagen (CPH)    85.68%
10    Hamburg (HAM)    85.47%

Asian Airports - Graphic

(ITM) Osaka International Airport leads Asian airports with 97.40% on-time departure performance in May. Eight of the top ten airports had on-time departure performance rates that exceeded 90%. The average on-time departure performance for the group was 57.61% up slightly from 57.40% in April. Cancellations for the group were at 2.32% up from 1.63% the previous month.

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

1    Osaka (ITM)    97.40%
2    Nagoya (NGO)    94.97%
3    Fukuoka (FUK)    93.83%
4    Tokyo (HND)    93.82%
5    Sapporo (CTS)    93.69%
6    Osaka (KIX)    92.59%
7    Okinawa (OKA)    92.21%
8    Tokyo (NRT)    91.37%
9    Delhi (DEL)    88.39%
10    Jeju (CJU)    87.02%

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