Hyderabad and Bengaluru have been ranked second and third, respectively, in a global ranking of airports based on their on-time operations.
Budget airline IndiGo, operated by InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, ranked as the fourth most punctual airline in the Asia-Pacific in the report by aviation analytics firm Cirium.
On-time arrival is when a passenger flight aircraft arrives at the gate within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time, while on-time departure is when a passenger aircraft departs the gate within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time.
On-time arrivals are used to rank airlines, and on-time departures are used to rank airports, the study said.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport topped the punctuality rankings among airports with an on-time departure rate of 84.44%. In comparison, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad reported an on-time departure rate of 84.42% and the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru at 84.08%.
The on-time arrival rate at the Hyderabad airport was 80.81%, while the Bengaluru airport reported an on-time arrival rate of 77.79%.
Among medium-sized airports, Kolkata’s Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Airport was ranked in ninth spot with an on-time departure rate of 83.91% in a list topped by the Osaka International airport.
Among airlines, IndiGo had an on-time arrival rate of 82.12% and a departure rate of 84.51%, earning it the fourth most punctual airline in the Asia-Pacific and the eight most on-time airline among budget carriers globally.
In the airlines category, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) topped the rankings in the Asia-Pacific with an on-time arrival rate of 82.75%, and an on-time departure rate of 85.50%. ANA was followed by Japan Airlines and Thai AirAsia in the category.
South Africa’s Safair was the most punctual among low-cost airlines with 92.36% of its flights arriving on time.
Airports Council International (ACI) World expects global passenger traffic to reach 9.4 billion this year, surpassing the 9.2 billion passengers figure reached before covid in 2019.
“The upside factors include the consolidation of the reopening of the Chinese market and surge in domestic travel, supply chain disruptions gradually subsiding, and inflation slowing down,” Luis Felipe de Oliveria, director-general of ACI World, said.
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