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The Most Punctual Airlines And Airports In 2023

Cirium has revealed the 2023 On-Time Performance Review, which highlights excellence in airline operations.

avianca earned the top spot among global carriers in the Cirium 2023 on-time performance review.
Avianca earned the top spot among global carriers for on-time performance. Photo by Felipe Rocha on

This past year, exceptional airlines worldwide have set new operational performance and punctuality standards.

For airlines, an on-time flight arrives within 15 minutes of the scheduled gate arrival. For airports, on-time means flights depart within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure.

Delta Air Lines Earns Cirium Platinum Award

Delta Air Lines has received the prestigious Cirium Platinum Award for the third consecutive year. The award showcases the airline’s dedication to operational efficiency, reducing passenger inconvenience.

In addition to winning the Cirium Platinum Award, Delta was the most punctual airline in North America.

“It’s incredible to witness Delta Air Lines winning its third consecutive Platinum Award and topping the North American Category,” said Jeremy Bowen, CEO of Cirium. “Other airline and airport winners steered through the year’s operational hurdles with exceptional performance. Their relentless pursuit of efficiency and punctuality is commendable as we venture into 2024, a year brimming with promise for the aviation sector.”

Avianca Airlines Is the World’s Most Punctual

Avianca Airlines, based in Bogota, Colombia, has claimed the title of the most punctual global airline. Winners in other regions include ANA for Asia Pacific, Oman Air for the Middle East and Africa, Copa in Latin America, and Iberia Express in Europe. Safair was recognized as the leading low-cost carrier, while Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was named the top-performing airport worldwide.

The top 5 performers in all categories for 2023 were:

Global airline OTP leaders

AirlineOn time rankingOn time arrivalTotal flights
Avianca Airlines (AV)185.73%213,039
Azul Airlines (AD)285.51%310,972
Qatar Airways (QR)385.11%183,090
Delta Air Lines (DL)484.72%1,635,486
Iberia (IB)584.38%170,750

Top-performing global airports of 2023

AirportOn time rankingOn time departureTotal flights
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)184.44%289,817
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD)284.42%168,426
Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)384.08%237,461
El Dorado International Airport (BOG)484.01%292,486
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)583.99%226,705

North America’s Leading On-Time Airlines

AirlineOn time rankingOn time arrivalTotal flights
Delta Air Lines (DL)184.72%1,635,486
Alaska Airlines (AS)282.25%404,925
American Airlines (AA)380.61%1,998,844
United Airlines (UA)480.04%1,513,432
Southwest Airlines (WN)576.26%1,459,926

Europe’s leading OTP airlines

AirlineOn time rankingOn time arrivalTotal flights
Iberia Express (I2)184.58%40,985
Iberia (IB)284.38%170,750
Austrian Airlines (OS)382.99%113,587
LOT Polish Airlines (LO)482.83%96,112
Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY)582.75%82,791

Latin America’s Leading Airlines for Punctuality

AirlineOn time rankingOn time arrivalTotal flights
Copa Airlines (CM)189.46%115,657
Avianca Airlines (AV)285.73%213,039
Azul Airlines (AD)385.51%310,972
LATAM Airlines (LA)484.00%508,721
Caribbean Airlines (BW)581.73%26,644

OTP Airline Leaders in Asia Pacific

AirlineOn time rankingOn time arrivalTotal flights
All Nippon Airways (NH)182.75%302,279
Japan Airlines (JL)282.58%308,302
Thai AirAsia (FD)382.52%113,871
IndiGo (6E)482.12%678,446
Air New Zealand (NZ)579.68%175,876

Most Punctual Airlines In Middle East and Africa

AirlineOn time rankingOn time arrivalTotal flights
Oman Air (WY)192.53%45,908
Safair (FA)292.36%55,444
Royal Air Jordanian (RJ)387.51%32,706
Qatar Airways (QR)485.11%183,090
Etihad Airways (EY)582.90%65,376

Leading OTP Low-Cost Carriers

AirlineOn time rankingOn time arrivalTotal flights
Safair (FA)192.36%55,444
Azul Airlines (AD)285.51%310,972
Hong Kong Express (UO)385.23%23,761
Jetstar Japan (GK)484.60%33,932
Iberia Express (I2)583.58%40,985

About the Cirium OTP Program

Now in its 15th year, the Cirium On-Time Performance (OTP) program closely monitors global airline operational performance. The data is gathered from over 600 real-time sources, ensuring it’s essential for industry stakeholders. This includes airlines, airports, global distribution systems, civil aviation authorities, and more. Cirium’s on-time performance data is overseen by an independent board of advisors comprised of industry experts.

The full 2023 On-Time Performance Review is available for download at

About Cirium

Cirium empowers airlines, airports, travel companies, aircraft manufacturers, and financial institutions to make smart decisions. The company is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics. Cirium contributes to improving operations, increasing revenues, and enhancing customer experiences. RELX PLC shares are traded on the London (REL), Amsterdam (REN), and New York (RELX) Stock Exchanges.

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