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

FlightStats, the undisputed leader in global flight and airport information services, has released its April 2012 On-time Performance Report. North American airlines, on average, delivered 78.78% of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in May, down from April’s 81.32%. Cancellations remained at just over 1%. Alaska/Horizon continued to demonstrate operational excellence with Horizon leading all airlines at 94.34% on-time performance and Alaska atop the major airline category with 90.75%. North America’s top 10 performing airlines and their on-time arrival percentages in May were:

    1. QX Horizon Air – 94.34%
    2. HA Hawaiian Airlines – 93.86%
    3. TA Taca Int’l – 91.09%
    4. AS Alaska Airlines – 90.75%
    5. CM Copa Airlines – 90.00%
    6. WP Hawaii Island Air – 88.80%
    7. CP Compass Airlines – 88.69%
    8. FL Airtran Airways – 88.14%
    9. WS Westjet – 87.98%
    10. VX Virgin America – 86.68%

Alaska, Delta and US Airways continued to lead the majors in May. Here’s how the North American major carriers on-time arrival percentages compared:

    1. AS Alaska Airlines – 90.75%
    2. DL Delta Air Lines – 85.52%
    3. US US Airways – 85.18%
    4. B6 Jetblue – 82.58%
    5. AA American Airlines – 79.31%
    6. UA United Airlines – 77.31%
    7. WN Southwest Airlines – 74.58%
    8. AC Air Canada – 68.84%

With Cimber Sterling airlines leading the way, all of the top 10 European performers exceeded 90% on-time arrivals in May (the second straight month of > 90% on-time arrival performance). SAS led the major carriers with 92.38% on-time arrivals. May was a solid month for European carriers with an average OTP of 84.54%, up from 80.58% in April, and from 84.42% in March. The top ten on-time arrival performers among European carriers were:

    1. QI Cimber Sterling – 96.71%
    2. ZN NAYSA – 95.58%
    3. BT airBaltic – 95.48%
    4. OK CSA Czech Airlines – 95.29%
    5. A3 Aegean Airlines – 94.00%
    6. DY Norwegian Air Shuttle – 93.92%
    7. KF Blue1 – 93.69%
    8. WF Wideroe’s – 93.62%
    9. XK CCM Airlines – 93.45%
    10. DB Brit Air – 93.16%

ANA Wings led Asian carriers with 94.78% on-time arrivals with Tiger Airways and Hokkaido International joining JAL and ANA carriers to round out the top 10. The average on-time performance rating among the 38 airlines we analyzed in May was 75.9%, up substantially from April’s 69.71%, and from 73.46% in March. Here are the top ten’s on-time arrival percentage numbers:

    1. EH ANA Wings – 94.78%
    2. XM1 J-Air 4,045 – 94.42%
    3. HD Hokkaido Int’l – 94.40%
    4. 3X Japan Air Commuter – 93.20%
    5. NU Japan Transocean Air – 92.02%
    6. JC JAL Express – 91.17%
    7. JL Japan Airlines – 91.05%
    8. TR Tiger Airways – 90.71%
    9. NH ANA – 90.62%
    10. KE Korean Air Lines – 86.17%

Tokyo’s Haneda sits alone atop large, global airports in May with an on-time performance rating of 94.73%. All of the top 10 exceeded 80% on-time departure levels. The average on-time departure performance among the top 30 airports in May was 75.55% up from April’s 74.86%, and from March’s 75.31%. The top 10 performers among the world’s busiest airports were:

    1. HND Tokyo, JP – 94.73%
    2. BKK Bangkok, TH – 87.41%
    3. PHX Phoenix, AZ – 86.69%
    4. SYD Sydney, AU – 85.71%
    5. CLT Charlotte, NC – 84.92%
    6. AMS Amsterdam, NL – 84.59%
    7. LAX Los Angeles, CA – 84.46%
    8. ATL Atlanta, GA – 83.36%
    9. MCO Orlando, FL – 82.79%
    10. IAH Houston, TX – 82.20%

SLC, SEA, and PDX outperformed their North American counterparts in May, all three with over 90% on-time departures. The average on-time departure performance for the group in May was 82.07%, down from April’s 84.87%, and ahead of March’s 80.63%. 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 – 91.92%
    2. SEA Seattle, WA – 91.42%
    3. PDX Portland, OR – 90.87%
    4. MEM Memphis, TN – 87.95%
    5. YVR Vancouver, BC, CA – 87.86%
    6. SAN San Diego, CA – 87.69%
    7. PHX Phoenix, AZ – 86.69%
    8. MSP Minneapolis, MN – 85.64%
    9. DCA Washington, DC – 85.28%
    10. DTW Detroit, MI – 85.21%

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