Best airlines and airports for on-time performance

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To be on time for a meeting or a conference is pivotal for a travel professional. Therefore, it is important to choose airlines that will guarantee this plus, if the plane is doing a stopover, choose airports that are just as efficient.

At the top of the list, airBaltic and Brussels South Charleroi are the best airline and airport worldwide for on-time performance.

Copa made it to the second place as the best performing globally, followed by Azul, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

Meanwhile, UK airlines and airports had inconsistent results in the annual rankings from flight intelligence specialist OAG.

At a global level, Monarch is the highest placed UK airline, in 14th, followed by Flyby in 17th. EasyJet was 50th and British Airways 70th.

AirBaltic leads the EMEA region top ten with 94% of its flights on time, followed by Finnair, Australia, LOT, KLM, SAS, Monarch, Iberia, Flybe and Qatar Airways.

Simultaneously, the best performing airports in the EMEA region are Brussels South Charleroi, Stavanger, Bergen, Cologne Bonn, Warsaw, Bristol, Hannover, Copenhagen, Moscow Sheremetyevo and Helsinski.

According to OAG's rankings, the top 20 performing large airports in OAG's rankings are Tokyo Haneda, followed by Munich, Sao Paulo Guarulhos, Minneapolis and Sydney. Notably missing out on the top 20 are London Heathrow, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Runaway capacity of course continues to be an issue for the UK, says John Grant, senior analyst, OAG. Heathrow and Gatwick's OTP ratings are both down on last year, a real reflection of how far those airports are stretched for capacity.

To qualify for inclusion in the OAG Punctuality League, the OAG Schedules database has to receive 80% of all scheduled flights and and from an airport, therefore there were some considerable omissions.