The Latin American carrier is currently on a roll, according to FlightStats, taking out the highly coveted title in both June and July, as well as April. The title was taken from LATAM in May by SriLankan Airlines.
Alitalia is the second most punctual, taking out both February and March, almost giving LATAM a run for its money, while Iberia won in January.
July’s win was a particularly big milestone for LATAM, as it coincided with peak travel seasons in South America and the Northern Hemisphere, but 86.73 per cent of close to 44,000 LATAM flights still managed to arrive within 14 minutes of their scheduled itinerary.
“We understand that punctuality is one of the most important factors in the travel experience of our passengers,” said Hernán Pasman, vice president of operations at LATAM, said.
What are the Least Punctual Airlines in 2019 (so far)?
- Egyptair (MS) – OTP = 58.93%
- Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV) – OTP = 60.98%
- Aigle Azur (ZI) – OTP = 64.44%
- Air Canada Rouge (ROU) – OTP = 65.67%
- EVA Air (BR) – OTP = 65.74%
- TUI Airways/Thomson (BY/TOM) – OTP = 65.80%
- Thomas Cook Airlines (MT) – OTP = 66.83%
- El Al (LY) – OTP = 67.57%
- Air Canada (AC) – OTP = 68.03%
- TAP Portugal (TP) – OTP = 69.20%
What does OTP mean?
It stands for “on-time performance” and represents the portion of an airline’s flights that arrives no more than 15 minutes later the scheduled time of arrival.
To take an example, 68.03% of Air Canada’s flights arrived on time during the first half of 2019. This means that 31.97% of the Canadian airline’s flights were late by more than 15 minutes.