Thursday, October 01, 2009

UPDATED AUGUST 2009: Europe's most punctual airlines - scoreboard


September 4th Flightstats launched their Airline and Airport On-time Performance - August 2009 Report. The report measures every month the number of flights arriving within 15 minutes of published schedules. A large number of European airlines have been evaluated by Flightstats, and 3 out of 8 of the most punctual airlines were either Norwegian, Danish or joint Scandinavian. The 8 worst performers were, with one exception, based in Southern Europe.


The only exception to this rule is actually number 1. Binter Canarias is the airline bringing passengers among the Canary Islands. They have managed to maintain its position as the most punctual airline in Europe, as only two out a hundred flights are more than 15 minutes delayed. The Scandinavian air carriers have a more mixed score. Whereas 5 out of 8 of the most punctual airlines were Scandinavian in July, only three had maintained their good performance in August.

The airline to be avoided would be the Greek Olympic Airlines. Only 4 out of 10 airlines arrived less than 15 minutes delayed. Their performance was the worst, by far, as number 2 on the list of the least punctual airlines, Meridiana had a 55% punctuality.

The 8 best (and worst) airlines in Europe August 2009 (Performance in July in brackets)
  1. Binter Canarias (ES) 98,09% (1)
  2. SAS Norway (NO) - 96,37% (5)
  3. Cimber Air A.S. (DK) - 95,44% (7)
    VLM Airlines (BE) - 95,44% (3)
  4. KLM Cityhopper (NL) - 95,21% (4)
  5. SAS - (SC) 95,07% (6)
  6. Tyrolean Airways (AU) - 94,25% (NEW)
  7. Brit Air (FR) - 93,94 % (NEW)
The 8 worst performers are:
  1. Olympic Airlines (GR) - 39,93%
  2. Meridiana (IT) - 54,55 %
  3. Turkish Airlines (TU) - 59,64 %
  4. Air One (IT) - 63,79 %
  5. TAP (PT) - 65,91 %
  6. Malev (HU) - 69,27 %
  7. Alitalia (IT) - 71,23 %
  8. Eastern Airways (UK) - 71,46 %

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