The most efficient airlines and airports globally

Hate delays? A new report shows which airlines and airports are the most on-time.

Find out the most on-time airports and airlines around the world. Image credit: shun idota/Unsplash
Find out the most on-time airports and airlines around the world. Image credit: shun idota/Unsplash

Thanks to Blacklane’s global airport entry data, we know the punctuality of travelers and how early they get to airports.

But, do you know which airline is considered the most punctual globally?

Turns out, it’s Eurowings, according to a new report released by air travel data provider OAG.

The Punctuality League Snapshot 2022 ranked the German low-cost carrier as most efficient, with an on-time percentage of 95.6 percent, the highest in its top 50 list. 

OAG defines on-time performance for airlines as flights that arrive within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.

Within the European airlines, ITA Airways came second with an on-time percentage of 92.3 percent, followed by Air Europa at 89.5 percent.

Within the U.S. airlines, Hawaiian Airlines was named most efficient, with an on-time percentage of 89.9 percent, followed by Delta Air Lines at 88.4 percent, and American Airlines at 85.1 percent.

Most efficient airports

The EMEA region ruled supreme when it came to ranking the most efficient airports. Menorca (96.2 percent), Rhodes (95.4 percent) and Greek islands Heraklion (95.1 percent), and Kerkyra (94.2 percent), and Ibiza (94.1 percent) took out the top five spots globally. 

Travelers in the U.S. who hate airport delays will have the most luck flying out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which secured an on-time percentage of 89.3 percent. The next U.S. airport on the list was Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (88.8 percent) followed by Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 88.3 percent).

No matter who you’re flying with or where you’re flying from, the best way to keep your trip running on time is by downloading the Blacklane app to secure your airport transfers. With 60-minute wait times, any delays at the airport won’t impact your ride.

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OAG Criteria

The Punctuality League Snapshot reports are released annually and based on millions of flight records for the world’s largest airlines and airports. 

According to OAG, the 2022 snapshot is an abridged version, given operations around the world have greatly reduced since the pandemic.

To qualify for inclusion, the OAG states its schedules database must have flight status data for at least 80 percent of all scheduled flights operated by an airline or for an airport.

Airlines were drawn from the top 250 airlines by annual Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs) in 2021. 

The Top 50 Airports are selected by departing seats, with a minimum threshold of 2.5 million departing seats annually.