FlightStats Releases April 2012 Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report

North American airlines, on average, delivered 81.32% of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in April, up nearly 5 percentage points from March’s 76.77%. Cancellations dropped to just over 1%, down from 1.18% in March and from February’s 1.17% cancellation rate.

Alaska/Horizon continued to demonstrate operational excellence with Horizon leading all airlines and Alaska joining US Airways atop the major airline category. North America’s top 10 performing airlines and their on-time arrival percentages in April were:

    1. QX Horizon Air – 94.33%
    2. FL Airtran Airways – 93.67%
    3. HA Hawaiian Airlines – 93.04%
    4. CP Compass Airlines – 92.39%
    5. TA Taca Int’l Airlines – 90.28%
    6. YV Mesa Airlines – 90.17%
    7. US US Airways – 89.98%
    8. S Alaska Airlines – 89.98%
    9. DL Delta Air Lines – 89.88%
    10. OH Comair – 89.56%

US Airways, Alaska, and Delta led the majors in April all nearly reaching 90% on-time arrival performance. Here’s how the N. American major carriers on-time arrival percentages compared:

    1. US US Airways – 89.98%
    2. AS Alaska Airlines – 89.98%
    3. DL Delta Air Lines – 89.88%
    4. B6 Jetblue – 86%
    5. AA American Airlines – 82.77%
    6. UA United – 80.12%
    7. WN Southwest Airlines – 77.28%
    8. AC Air Canada – 66.73%

With Czech airlines leading the way, all of the top 10 European performers exceeded 90% on-time arrivals in April. SAS led the major carriers with 90.78% on-time arrivals. The average OTP for the group was 80.58% in April, down from 84.42% in March and up slightly from February’s 79.32%.

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

    1. OK CSA Czech Airlines – 95.51%
    2. VO Tyrolean Airways – 94.25%
    3. A3 Aegean Airlines – 93.52%
    4. WA KLM Cityhopper – 93.26%
    5. BT airBaltic – 92.80%
    6. LO LOT – Polish Airlines – 92.03%
    7. WF Wideroe’s – 91.95%
    8. EW Eurowings – 91.64%
    9. EN Air Dolomiti – 91.18%
    10. SK SAS – 90.78%

Hokkaido International (HD) led Asian carriers with a solid performance – 95.76% on-time arrivals with Tiger Airways and Spicejet joining JAL and ANA carriers to round out the top 10. The average on-time performance rating among the 38 airlines we analyzed in April was 69.71%, down from 73.46 in March and from February’s 72.2%.

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

    1. Hokkaido Int’l – 95.76%
    2. J-Air – 94.30%
    3. Japan Air Commuter – 92.41%
    4. ANA Wings – 91.47%
    5. JAL Express – 91.01%
    6. Tiger Airways – 90.22%
    7. ANA – 88.91%
    8. JAL – 88.82%
    9. SpiceJet – 83.95%
    10. Japan Transocean Air – 83.27%

Major US hubs ATL, LGA, ORD and LAX joined Tokyo’s Haneda and three other US airports among the top 10 performing large, global airports in April. All of the top 10 exceeded 80% on-time departure levels. The average on-time departure performance among the top 30 airports in April was 74.86%, down slightly from March’s 75.31%, and from February’s 76.52%.

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

    1. HND Tokyo, JP – 95.74%
    2. CLT Charlotte, NC – 89.27%
    3. ATL Atlanta, GA – 88.54%
    4. PHX Phoenix, AZ – 87.28%
    5. MCO Orlando, FL – 86.70%
    6. AMS Amsterdam, NL – 85.59%
    7. JFK New York, NY – 85.21%
    8. MUC Munich, DE – 85.14%
    9. ORD Chicago, IL – 84.31%
    10. LAX Los Angeles, CA – 82.87%

SEA, SLC, PDX and MSP outperformed their North American counterparts in April each managing over 90% on-time departures. The average on-time departure performance for the group in April was 84.87%, up substantially from 80.63% in March and up slightly from February’s 84.89%.s Here is a summary of the on-time departure performance for the 10 best performing large North American airports:

    1. SEA Seattle, WA – 91.78%
    2. SLC Salt Lake City, UT – 91.54%
    3. PDX Portland, OR – 90.86%
    4. MSP Minneapolis, MN – 90.20%
    5. MEM Memphis, TN – 89.80%
    6. PIT Pittsburgh, PA – 89.45%
    7. CLT Charlotte, NC – 89.27%
    8. LGA New York, NY – 88.91%
    9. CVG Cincinnati, OH – 88.64%
    10. ATL Atlanta, GA – 88.54%

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