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And the world’s most punctual airport is…

And The World’s Most Punctual Airport Is…

Airports around the world have been ranked in order of punctuality by new research from OAG.

The global provider of digital flight information to airlines, airports and travel companies has launched a new accreditation programme designed to highlight the world’s most punctual airports in each region of the world. In the UK, Birmingham, Cardiff and Newcastle airports were awarded a 5-Star punctuality rating. These UK airports performed better than any in the EMEA region, achieving three of 11 top star ratings, meaning that at least 90 per cent of flights both left and arrived on time. Other 5-star European airports were Paris Beauvais, Dortmund and Minsk.

John Grant, Senior Analyst at OAG, says: “Today’s travellers need to know they are booking the best options for their travel – whether it’s the right flight departure time for a family holiday or a layover that allows a business meeting in a stopover city – but one thing is universal, the need to connect and arrive on time. Similar to the rigorous systems used to rate hotels, the OAG 5-star OTP programme is designed to recognise consistent on-time performance for the world’s airlines and airports.”

Safair, Jazerra Airways and Air Baltic were the only three airlines globally to achieve a 5-star rating, all operating out of the EMEA region. Of the 45 airlines to achieve at least three stars, nearly three quarters (32) were from EMEA, with notable entries from KLM, Qatar Airways and Finnair.

UK-based airlines to achieve three or more stars were Monarch (86.6 per cent), Flybe (86.2 per cent), (84.8 per cent).

“The success of Birmingham, Cardiff and Newcastle is just another example of how the UK’s regional airports continue to deliver world-class service that provide a convenient and valuable connection for passengers in their localities to global destinations,” adds Grant.

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