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New report reveals that Japan's airports are the most punctual in the world

Japan's airports lead the world when it comes to punctuality, according to a new report.

The OAG Punctuality League 2015, based on the on-time performance of the world's airports and airlines, claims that Japan dominates the airport categories, with Osaka Itami Airport (93.85%) rated as the ‘Best Small Airport’ and Tokyo Haneda Airport (91.25%) as the ‘Best Large Airport’.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (93.61%) and Panama City Tocumen International (92.55%) are ranked second and third respectively.

The ‘Best Medium Airport’ category is led by Copenhagen (88.53%) followed by Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport (88.48%) and Helsinki (88.43%).

After Tokyo in the ‘Best Large Airport’ category, Munich (87.71%) and São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (87.47%) are ranked second and third respectively.

From a database of more than 50 million flight records, and incorporating data from OAG’s flightview flight status database, OAG produces the annual benchmarking report for the on-time performance (OTP) of Top Airports (Small; Medium; Large), Top Airlines (Mainline; LCCs) and Airlines by Region (Europe Middle East & Africa or ‘EMEA’; China; Asia Pacific; The Americas). 

Top 10 EMEA Airports

1. Brussels South Charleroi (CRL) – 93.6%
2. Stavanger (SVG) – 91.1% 
3. Bergen (BGO) – 90.9%
4. Cologne Bonn (CGN) – 90.4%
5. Warsaw Chopin (WAW) – 89.97%
6. Bristol (BRS) – 88.64%
7. Hannover (HAJ) – 88.59%
8. Copenhagen (COP) – 88.53%
9. Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) – 88.48%
10. Helsinki (HEL) – 88.43%

Madrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas Airport is well-placed at 12th in the ‘Best Large Airport’ category, a reflection of Iberia’s excellent operational efficiency within the IAG family.

John Grant, senior analyst, OAG, says: “Runway capacity of course continues to be an issue for the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick’s OTP ratings are both down on last year, a real reflection of how far those airports are stretched for capacity. 

"In 2014, Heathrow and Gatwick’s scheduled flights were 471,272 and 248,816 respectively. Compare that to 2015, when the scheduled flights were 472,604 (0.2% increase) at Heathrow and 259,611 (4% increase) at Gatwick, we can see that while both airports have worked hard in the last few years to fill the off-peak hours, they have now almost reached full use.” 

Grant continues: “The OTP rankings of airports will always differ across the regions as operational issues such as congestion, competition from other transport modes and scheduling come into play.
"Prudent expectation setting means keeping schedules realistic in the face of increasingly congested hub airports, to help the integrity of that airline’s entire schedule."

Grant concludes: “In this digital age, passengers have access to more data than ever before. Travellers can see flight delay information while on the move as easily as the airline and airport staff.

"This means passengers are more engaged and better informed about delays and OTP than in the past. The benchmarking of OTP data remains as important as ever.”

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