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On time, or in a holding pattern? Airlines you can rely on.

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There’s nothing more infuriating than rushing to the airport, only to find your flight has been delayed. But whether it's a carrier safety issue, an operational blip or technology meltdown that's causing the backlog - no-one likes spending more time than they have to in the airport!

A recent survey released by UK-based aviation data monitor OAG, has revealed the most punctual global airline, on which passengers can expect to depart on time uo to 90.1% of the time.

Each year OAG releases its airline punctuality report – which makes good reading for all road warriors! The survey’s definition of On Time Performance (OTP) is flights that arrive or depart in under 15 minutes of their scheduled time. While Qantas (ranked 5th) and Jetstar Asia (8th) appear in the top 10 most punctual carriers for 2017, the remainder of carriers in the list is spread across the world and less known in Australia.

The surprising winner in top position was airBaltic, the low cost state-owned Latvian carrier, which flies to some 68 destinations – with over 4000 flights per month. The airline had an average OTP of 90.1% in 2017 and it was also the top performer in 2014 and 2015.

Hong Kong Airlines came in second with 88.83% and the 2016 winner Hawaiian Airlines was ranked third at 87.24%. Copa Airlines based in Panama came in fourth with 86.39% OTP and not far behind with 86.18% was Qantas.

Taking out the remaining places in the top 10 were Japan Airlines, Vueling Airlines - one of the fastest growing budget carriers in Europe, Jetstar Asia, Japan’s low cost Skymark Airlines and Irish carrier Aer Lingus.

The Top Ten

1. airBaltic - 90.01%
2. Hong Kong Airlines - 88.83%
3. Hawaiian Airlines - 87.24%
4. Copa Airlines - 86.39%
5. Qantas Airways - 86.18%
6. Japan Airlines - 85.27%
7. Vueling Airlines - 85.25%
8. Jetstar Asia - 85.08%
9. Skymark Airlines - 85.00%
10. Aer Lingus - 84.46%

OAG includes in its survey airlines that it has data covering at least 80 per cent of all departures.

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