Nordic airlines and airports among world’s most punctual

Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stavanger, Bergen, airBaltic, Finnair are “on time”
The world’s most on-time airline is Latvian carrier airBaltic, for the second year running, with an average of 94.39% of flights within 15 minutes of schedule. Finnair is sixth, at 89.52%, say travel analysts OAG in their latest annual survey.
Copenhagen leads the way globally for medium-sized airports with an 88.53% on-time performance, followed by Helsinki in third place with 88.43%. For small airports, two Nordic airports are in the top five in the world: Stavanger (91.15%) and Bergen (90.91%).
Airlines and airports around the world are getting better at sticking to schedules, according to the OAG figures, as they try to keep costs down in a highly competitive market. But European hubs and major airlines are poorly represented in the list.
“Airports and airlines are very expensive assets to run and they want to get the maximum utility,” OAG senior analyst John Grant tells CNN. “So an increase of a couple of percentage points in punctuality is important.”
In a world where unhappy fliers publicise any negative experiences via smartphones, “it’s driven by global transparency, the power of the Internet and social media,” he adds. “Particularly it’s about the growth of Twitter, with passengers sitting in airports tweeting about delays.”
Last year also saw the fewest number of fatal airline accidents, according to the Aviation Safety Network with 16 deadly crashes resulting in 560 fatalities.
For airline punctuality, airBaltic is top, followed by Panama’s Copa Airlines (91.69%), Brazil’s Azul (91.03%), Japan Airlines (90.44%), All Nippon Airways (89.65%), Finnair (89.52%), Brazil’s TAM (89.5%), Austrian Airlines (89.28%), Hawaiian Airlines (89.11%) and LOT-Polish Airlines (88.88%).
The most punctual large airports are Tokyo Haneda (91.25%), Munich, Germany (87.71%), Sao Paulo Guarulhos, Brazil (87.47%), Minneapolis (85.27%), Sydney (85.2%), Melbourne, Australia (85.02%), Singapore Changi (84.75%), Atlanta (84.38%), Frankfurt, Germany (84.12%) and Seattle (83.56%).
After Copenhagen is for medium-sized airports come Moscow Sheremetyevo (88.48%), Helsinki (88.43%), Brisbane, Australia (88.31%), Salt Lake City (87.93%), Sao Paulo-Congonhas, Brazil (88.81%), Athens (87.79%), Honolulu (87.41%), Auckland (86.67%) and Hamburg, Germany (85.99%).
For small airports, Osaka (93.85%) is followed by Brussels South Charleroi (93.61%), Panama Tocumen International (92.55%), Stavanger, Norway (91.15%), Bergen, Norway (90.91%), Cologne Bonn, Germany (90.42%), Adelaide, Australia (90.18%), Warsaw (89.87), Bristol, England (88.64%) and Hannover, Germany (88.59%).
OAG’s full report can be found here.

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