SAS Scandinavian Airlines was Europe’s most on-time airline this summer for the second year in a row, while Ryanair has been revealed as more punctual than British Airways, according to new figures from airline punctuality specialist Flightstats.
More than 90 percent of SAS’s flights arrived on time in the quarter from 1 May to 31 July, according to Flightstats, which monitors the arrival and departure times of aircraft around the world.
Over the same period, Ryanair’s punctuality was 69.18 per cent, marginally ahead of British Airways at 68.22 per cent.
However easyJet came in fourth from bottom, with only 52.45 percent of flights arriving on time.
The statistics follow a warning from the airline’s founder and major shareholder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioanno last month that he will consider revoking the “easy” brand licence if the carrier does improve its punctuality.
He set a target of reduce its average delay to less than 15 minutes by 26 October. This compares to an average of 26 minutes in May.
Spanish flag carrier Iberia received the wooden spoon, with only 45.92 percent punctuality.
Hawaiian Airlines topped the North America league with 92.35 percent, just ahead of Alaska Airlines 88.12 percent. Other aviation heavyweights that performed well were United Airlines in 7th place with 82.30 percent, just ahead of US Airways with 82.05 percent. Cape Air came in bottom at 54.33 percent.
In Asia, Air Nippon was the region’s most punctual airline with 90.95 percent, or an average delay of just 6 minutes. Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Korean Air Lines also performed well.