Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc named the most on-time airlines in Africa in 2022, Cirium report reveals

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Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc have been named as African leaders for airline on-time performance for 2022 by Cirium, the global aviation analytics leader.

This is despite the challenging operational environment seen this past year during which airlines had difficulties anticipating the sudden recovery in demand.

The Cirium 2022 On-Time Performance Review is the global gold standard for airline and airport performance and will be published later this week, containing results for all airline categories, more detail and analysis.

Meanwhile, for the second successive year, Delta Airlines was given the Cirium Platinum Award for global operational excellence. This award considers a number of factors including on-time performance, operational complexity and an airline’s ability to limit the impact of flight disruption to its passengers.

Alongside Delta’s Cirium Platinum Award, South American carrier Azul Brazilian Airlines was the leader for on-time performance worldwide with the winners in the other global regions being Delta Air Lines in North America, Thai AirAsia for Asia Pacific, Oman Air for the Middle East and Africa, and Azul in Latin America.

Japan performed well with low-cost carrier StarFlyer named as the world’s leading low-cost carrier and Haneda the top airport performer globally for on-time departures.

Cirium defines an on-time flight as one that arrives within 15 minutes of the scheduled gate arrival. For an airport, it is defined as departing within 15 minutes of its scheduled departure.

Cirium’s on-time performance data, furthermore, is backed by a completely independent board of advisors, comprised of industry experts with an unbiased view of the aviation sector.

The board’s oversight ensures accuracy and proper representation of all the information the company presents.

The full report is due to be published later this week.

Global leaders were:

Airline On time ranking On time arrival Total flights
Azul Brazilian Airlines 1 88.93% 279,722
All Nippon Airlines 2 88.61% 162,370
Japan Airlines 3 88.00% 165,981
LATAM Airlines 4 86.31% 451,651
Delta Air Lines 5 83.63% 1,004,684
Avianca S.A. 6 83.48% 144,525
Emirates 7 81.30% 137,589
United Airlines 8 80.46% 789,200
Qatar Airways 9 78.32% 152,377
American Airlines 10 78.29% 1,076,100

The top performing global airports of 2022 were:

Airport On time ranking On time departure Total flights
Haneda Airport 1 90.33% 373,264
Kempegowda International Airport 2 84.08% 201,897
Salt Lake City International Airport 3 83.87% 226,545
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport 4 82.62% 271,963
Philadelphia International Airport 5 82.54% 233,777
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport 6 81.95% 276,346
Indira Gandhi International Airport 7 81.84% 411,205
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport 8 81.04% 383,250
El Dorado International Airport 9 80.72% 273,721
Charlotte Douglas International Airport 10 80.68% 457,871


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