March 5, 2024
Aviation Oman

Oman Air was the most on-time airline in MEA in 2023

Delta Air Lines wins Cirium Platinum Award for the third year

Oman Air was the leading airline for on-time performance in 2023 in the Middle East and Africa MEA) region, with 92.53% on-time performance across 45,908 flights, as revealed by the newly released Cirium 2023 On-Time Performance Review. The coveted position of the most on-time global airline went to Avianca Airlines, based in Bogota, Columbia.

Issued by Cirium, the world’s most trusted source of aviation analytics, the Cirium On-Time Performance Review is the gold standard for airline and airport performance.

The On-Time Performance 2023 Review provides airports, airlines, and air passengers with a neutral, third-party view of which airlines are delivering on their promise to get passengers from point A to point B on-time.

MEA region

In the Middle East and Africa ranking category (top five), Oman Air was followed by Safair with 92.36% on-time arrival out of 55,444 flights, followed by Royal Air Jordanian with 87.51% on-time arrival out of 32,706 flights, followed by Qatar Airways with 85.11% on-time arrival with 183,090 flights and finally, Etihad Airways with 82.90% of on-time flights out of 65,376 flights.

Interestingly enough, Emirates and Flydubai, both failed to make it to the Cirium 2023 On-Time Performance Review for on-time performance in 2023.

The winners in the other regions were ANA for Asia-Pacific, Oman Air for the Middle East and Africa, Copa in Latin America, and Iberia Express in Europe. Safair was the leading low-cost carrier and Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport was the top airport performer globally.

The definition

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.

In 2023, Delta Air Lines was the most on-time airline in North America. Image: Delta Air Lines

Separately, Delta Air Lines has won the Cirium Platinum Award for the third year running, a demonstration of its commitment to operational performance and minimising passenger disruption,

In addition to Delta winning the Cirium Platinum Award, the airline also topped the rankings for being the most on-time airline in North America.

Jeremy Bowen, CEO of Cirium, stated: “It’s incredible to witness Delta Air Lines winning its third consecutive Platinum Award and topping the North American category. 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.”

Global monitoring

The Cirium On-Time Performance programme meticulously monitors global airline operational performance. Cirium’s extensive and unbiased data, derived from over 600 real-time information sources, is essential for industry stakeholders. The data encompasses airlines, airports, global distribution systems, civil aviation authorities, and more, ensuring a comprehensive and neutral perspective.

Cirium’s data and analytics provide industry stakeholders with a neutral, third-party perspective, based on the widest and deepest pool of information collected and curated from more than 600 sources of real-time flight information.

These include the airlines themselves, airports, global distribution systems, positional data, civil aviation authorities, air navigation service providers, proprietary data partnerships and the internet.

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

Featured image: Oman Airways outdid all other Middle East and Africa region airlines in terms of on-time performance in 2023: Image: Oman Airways

Cirium On-Time Performance 2023 Review: Top 5 performers in all categories:

Top 5 global airline leaders:

AirlineOn time rankingOn-time rankingTotal 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 5 airlines in North America:

AirlineOn-time arrivalOn 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

Top 5 airlines in Europe:

AirlineOn time rankingOn-time rankingTotal 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

Top 5 airlines in Latin America:

AirlineOn-time arrivalOn 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

Top 5 airlines 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

Top 5 airlines in the Middle East and Africa:

AirlineOn-time arrivalOn 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

Top 5 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

Top 5 performing global airports:

AirportOn-time departureOn 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
    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto is an award-winning journalist with wide-ranging Middle East and Asia experience in the tech, space, aerospace, aviation, defence, luxury watchmaking, business, fashion, and automotive verticals. He is passionate about conserving endangered native wildlife globally and protecting the world’s oceans from plastic pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Arnold enjoys 4x4 off-roading, camping and exploring global destinations off the beaten track.
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