The best airline in the world for on-time performance in 2016 was Hawaiian Airlines with OTP of 89.87%. Hawaiian improved its position significantly, moving up from 9th place in 2015 to 1st place in 2016.
Copa Airlines repeated its 2nd place ranking of 2015 with OTP of 88.75% in 2016. Closely behind, in 3rd place, is KLM with OTP of 87.89%, moving up the ranking from 12th place in 2015.
The largest airline featuring among the Top 20 airlines worldwide for OTP is Delta Air Lines, which operated the second largest number of flights of any airline in 2016. For an airline of this size, the fact that over 84% of all flights arrived on time over a year is a remarkable achievement.
Among the Top 20 airlines, there are four LCCs: Monarch, is the highest ranked of these in ninth place with OTP of 85.67%. GOL, Transavia and Jet2 are the other leading LCCs for OTP.
Compared to 2015, there are eight new entrants to this category in 2016. The Top 20 mainline airlines category now includes eight from Europe, six from the Americas, five from Asia Pacific and one Middle East airline.
The list of Top 20 mainline carriers closely resembles the Top 20 global ranking, although Lufthansa, Avianca Brazil, Aerolineas Argentinas and Aegean Airlines join the mainline category.
UK-based leisure airline, Monarch, is ranked 1st among Top LCCs for on-time performance, having achieved OTP of 85.67% in 2016, although the airline is ranked 9th amongst all airlines. Monarch was previously categorised as a mainline carrier and subsequently appeared in the mainline rankings last year, however it now fits into OAG’s LCC classification.
Three low-cost airlines are new to the Top 20; Spring Airlines, Eurowings and Spirit Airlines. Southwest, the largest LCC in the world, is ranked 7th with an OTP of 81.04%.
Airlines by Region