Breaking it down by world regions, we will look at July's figures for airline on-time performance. A carrier's aircraft is considered on time if it parks at the gate within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.
Every month, OAG releases data listing the arrival times of more than 500 airlines and ranks them for on-time performance. July is a peak month for people traveling on vacation, and as a result, airlines are usually pushed to their limits. According to the world's leading provider of digital flight information, intelligence, and analytics, the following airlines by region had the best on-time performance during July.
1 Latin America
In Latin America, Mexico City International Airport (MEX) based low-cost carrier Volaris was the most punctual major airline in Latin America and worldwide. During July, 98.4% of all Volaris flights arrived on time.
Meanwhile, Aeromexico lagged far behind, with only 79.7% of its flights arriving on time. Elsewhere in Latin America, Panama's Copa Airlines performed well, with 89.5% of flights on time.
Düsseldorf-headquartered Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings was the most punctual airline in Europe and the second best worldwide, with 97.1% of all flights arriving on time. In second place was Spanish national flag carrier Iberia with an OTP of 80.75%, followed in third place by Finnair with 79.82% of flights arriving on time. Forth on the list was Norwegian Air Shuttle, which saw 76.97% of its flights arrive on time.
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3 Middle East
Looking at Middle Eastern-based airlines, Gulf State carriers Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, and Emirates had the best on-time numbers. 86.6% of Etihad flights were on time, followed by Qatar Airways with 82.1% and Emirates with 74.3%.
The worst Middle Eastern airline for on-time performance was Turkish Airlines, with only just over half of all its flights arriving on time.
Aero Dili, a small airline based in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, saw 100% of all its flights arrive on time. With a fleet comprising one Airbus A320-200 and a Cessna 207T Skywagon, Aero Dili operated 62 flights in July, none of which were late. Not too far behind, and remarkable given that it has a fleet of 70 aircraft, was the Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia. The Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CKG)-headquartered airline saw 94.5% of all its flights arrive on time.
The best-performing airline in India was Malaysian AirAsia subsidiary AirAsia India, which saw 83.7% of all its July fights arrive on time. In second place was Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo with 81.9% of July flights arriving on time. The worst two Indian airlines for on-time flights were Vistara with 68.9% and SpiceJet with 61.4% of its flights arriving on time.
The best two performers in Japan were Japan Airlines (JAL) with 82.5% and All Nippon Airways (ANA) with 79.8%.
5 North America
Compared to June, airlines in North America improved, with 60.7% of all flights arriving on time; only 50.8% of flights arrived on time the previous month. Despite being better, the score of 60.7% is the worst compared to other parts of the world.
Alaska Airlines was the most punctual of North American carriers, with 70.5% of all flights arriving on time. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines was in second place, with 67.5% of flights arriving on time.