In July 2023, a Mexican carrier has topped OAG’s on-time performance (OTP) ranking for airlines. The ultra low-cost airline Volaris achieved a rate of 98.4% on-time flight arrivals (within 15 minutes of the scheduled time).
Each month, OAG releases a list of more than 500 airlines and 1,200 + airports, ranking them for on-time performance. July is one of the peak months for worldwide airline capacity, so we’ve analyzed the data to determine which airlines were most punctual during this busy period.
We’ll divide the airlines into regions, starting with Latin America, where July’s most punctual airline, Volaris, is domiciled in Mexico.
With 98.4% OTP Volaris was considerably ahead of its national competitors, Aeromexico which operated 79.7% of flights on-time, and Viva Aerobus with 79.6% of flights on-time in July.
Looking elsewhere in Latin America, at some of the largest carriers, Copa Airlines recorded strong performance, with 89.5% of flights on-time, as did the LATAM Airlines Group with 88.3% of flights arriving on-time.
North American airlines saw an improvement in July compared to June, with 60.7% of flights on-time versus only 50.8% the month before. However, this 60.7% OTP score is still the lowest average of all the regions in July 2023.
When we look at the largest airlines in the region, Alaska Airlines was the most punctual with 79.5% of flights on-time, and Delta Air Lines was close behind with 77.5% of flights on-time in July.
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Average on-time performance across EMEA was lower than most other regions at just 66.6%. Among the largest scheduled airlines in the region, German low-cost carrier Eurowings was most punctual, with an average of 97.1% of flights on-time in July and is ranked overall in second place.
The Gulf carriers – Etihad, Qatar and Emirates – saw OTP of 86.6%, 82.1% and 74.3% respectively. In terms of other Middle East carriers, Saudi Arabian Airlines also recorded strong OTP, with 83.4% of flights on-time in July. Turkish Airlines however had a more challenging month with just 52.1% of flights on-time.
Aero Dili is a small carrier based in Timor-Leste which operated 62 flights in July with 100% arriving on-time. Not far behind was Garuda Indonesia, a considerably larger airline, which operated 94.5% of flights on-time last month.
Focusing in on India, performance of the largest carriers was mixed in July. AirAsia India had the best OTP of 83.7%, considerably above the regional average of 71%. Indigo was not far behind, with 81.9% of flights on-time. Air India recorded 71.3% of flights on-time, in line with the regional average whilst Vistara and SpiceJet were below average with 68.9% and 61.4% of flights on-time respectively.
Japan’s biggest airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airlines recorded OTP of 82.5% and 79.8% respectively in July.
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