FlightStats Releases September 2012 Airline/Airport On-time Performance Report

Though American Airlines experienced major flight disruptions, overall flight cancellations in North America came sharply down

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Though six North American airports were in the top ten, Tokyo's Haneda continues to outperform the rest of the world's busiest airports while posting a 92.98% on-time departure performance in September.

Portland, OR (PRWEB) October 05, 2012

FlightStats, the undisputed leader in global flight and airport information services has released September's Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report. The report covers airlines and airports from North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

North American airlines, on average, delivered 80.50% of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in September, up 5 percentage points from August's 74.87%. Though American Airlines experienced major flight disruptions (21,237 delays and 1,391 cancellations), cancellations for the group in September were down sharply: 7,985 cancelled flights compared to 14,564 in August 2012.

North America's top 10 performing airlines and their on-time arrival percentages in September were:

    1.    HA    Hawaiian Airlines - 95.47%
    2.    QX    Horizon Air - 94.25%
    3.    CP    Compass Airlines - 92.03%
    4.    FL    Airtran Airways - 90.75%
    5.    CP    Copa Airlines - 90.22%
    6.    AS    Alaska Airlines - 89.13%
    7.     DL    Delta Air Lines - 88.78%
    8.    JV    Bearskin Airlines - 88.45%
    9.    US    Taca Airlines - 87.99%
    10. US    US Airways - 87.15%

Alaska Airlines and Delta led the majors in September. Here's how the North American major carriers on-time arrival percentages compared:

  •          AS    Alaska Airlines - 89.13%
  •         DL     Delta Air Lines - 88.78%
  •         US    US Airways - 87.15%
  •         WN Southwest Airlines - 86.27%
  •         B6    Jetblue- 82.98%
  •         UA    United Airlines - 80.87%
  •         AC    Air Canada - 68.59%
  •         AA    American Airlines - 59.08%

A mix of major and regional European airlines turned in strong performances in September including NAYSA, Czech Airlines, Finnair and SAS. All of the airlines in the top ten delivered > 90% of their flights to the gate on time in September. The average OTP for the group was 85.03% in September, compared with 85.61% in August.

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

    1.    ZN    NAYSA - 95.46%
    2.    KF    Blue1 - 94.59%
    3.    OK Czech Airlines - 94.20%
    4.    BT    airBaltic - 94.16%
    5.    DB    Brit Air - 93.49%
    6.    WA    KLM Cityhopper - 93.08%
    7.    YS Regional - 92.73%
    8.    AY    Finnair - 92.66%
    9.    4U    Germanwings - 91.75%
10.    SK SAS - 91.53%

Of the top ten Asian airline on time performers, six delivered >92% of their flights to the gate on time in September. The average on-time performance rating among the 38 Asian airlines we analyzed in September was 72.59%, up noticeable from August's 66.69%.

Here are the top ten's on-time arrival percentage numbers:

    1. XM1 J-Air - 94.39%
    2. HD    Hokkaido Int'l - 94.04%
    3. 6E     IndiGo Airlines- 93.64%
    4. TR    Tiger Airways - 93.49%
    5. EH    ANA Wings - 92.13%
    6. 3X     Japan Air Commuter - 92.03%
    7. JL     Japan Airlines - 89.89%
    8. JC     JAL Express - 89.18%
    9. TG    Thai Airways - 87.69%
10. NH     ANA - 87.59%

This is our third quarterly on-time performance report on Middle Eastern airlines. Jazeera Airways continues to demonstrate its operational excellence with > 96% of its flights arriving on time in the third quater.

Here's a summary of how the Middle Eastern leading airlines performed between July 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012:

1.J9 Jazeera Airways - 96.04%
2 GF Gulf Air - 89.16%
3. WY Oman Aviation - 87.12%
4. ME Middle East Airlines - 83.72%
5. QR Qatar Airways - 82.86%
6. SV Saudi Arabian Airlines - 82.19%
7. G9 Air Arabia - 81.42%
8. EY Etihad Airways - 77.54%
9. FZ Flydubai - 74.88%
10. RJ Royal Jordanian - 69.85%
11. EK Emirates - 69.74%
12. MS Egyptair - 65.83%
13. KU Kuwait Airways - 57.65%
14. TU Tunis Air - 31.61%

Though six North American airports were in the top ten, Tokyo's Haneda continues to outperform the rest of the world's busiest airports while posting a 92.98% on-time departure performance in September. One other Asian airport and two European airports rounded out the top 10 in September. The average on-time departure performance among the top 30 airports in September was 73.44%, up from 70.80% in August 2012.

The top 10 performers among the world's busiest airports were:

    1.    HND    Tokyo, JP - 92.98%
    2.    PHX    Phoenix, AZ - 88.26%
    3.    ATL    Atlanta, GA - 86.82%
    4.    MCO Orlando, FL - 86.11%
    5.    CLT    Charlotte, NC - 84.50%
    6.    IAH    Houston, TX - 83.57%
    7.    MUC Munich, DE - 83.01%
    8.    AMS Amsterdam, NL - 82.70%
    9.    BKK Bangkok, TH - 82.54%
    10. LAX    Los Angeles, CA - 82.17%

SLC took the top spot in North America for the second month in a row with a 92.72% on-time departure performance in September. The average on-time departure performance for the group in September was 82.78%, up from August's 77.24%.

Here is a summary of the on-time departure performance for the 10 best performing large North American airports:

    1.    SLC    Salt Lake City, UT - 92.72%
    2.    MSP Minneapolis, MN - 90.31%
    3.    PDX Portland, OR - 90.27%
    4.    SEA Seattle, WA - 89.86%
    5.    PHX Phoenix, AZ - 88.26%
    6.    OAK Oakland, CA - 87.47%
    7.    PIT    Pittsburgh, PA - 87.13%
    8.    MEM Memphis, TN - 86.84%
    9.    MCI Kansas City, MO - 86.83%
    10. ATL Atlanta, GA - 86.82%

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