Thursday, January 03, 2019

IndiGo, AirAsia India among world's most punctual airlines

New Delhi: Low-cost carrier IndiGo and AirAsia India are the only Indian airlines to make it to the top 20 most punctual airlines in 2018 across various categories. And, among airports globally with most on-time flights last year, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi feature in the top 20 list in different categories. UK-based air consultancy firm OAG on Thursday issued the “punctuality league 2019” based on 5.8 crore flight records using full-year data from 2018 to create a ranking of the best on-time performance (OTP) for the world’s big airlines and airports.

The ranking has been done by considering flights that arrive or depart within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival/departure times. Airports handling at least 25 lakh passengers have been ranked according to their punctuality.

The overall list of 20 most punctual airlines across all categories — which has Latin American airline Copa on top —does not feature any Indian carrier. However, in the ranking done on basis of “mega carriers” and “LCC category” has IndiGo on sixth and seventh place, respectively. Among Asian Pacific airlines, IndiGo is at 10th place. Tata Group JV AirAsia India is 12th in ranking done on for LCCs.

Airports have been ranked on basis of passenger traffic they see annually. Mega airports, which see over 3 crore flyers annually, has Delhi’s IGIA at 13th spot with 76.03% flights here operating on time — almost at par with New York’s JFK hub.

Airports with 1-2 crore passengers in a year have been categorised as large airports. Two Indian airports — Hyderabad and Bangalore — are on this list at number 13 and 16, respectively with 80.27% and 79.67% flights being on time here. “While Chennai drops out, another Indian airport - Bengaluru - has made it into the Top 20 at 16th place,” the Punctuality League report says
Among small airports, that handle 25-50 lakh flyers annually, Bhubaneshwar is placed at number 20 with 81.64% OTP.
03/01/19 Saurbah Sinha/Times of India