Africa’s largest and most profitable airline, Ethiopian Airlines and North African carrier, Royal Air Maroc have been named as African leaders for airline on-time performance for 2022 by Cirium, the global aviation analytics leader.
According to airspace-africa.com, this is despite the challenging operational environment seen this past year during which airlines had difficulties anticipating the sudden recovery in demand.
The Cirium 2022 On-Time Performance Review is the global gold standard for airline and airport performance and will be published later this week, containing results for all airline categories, more detail and analysis.
Meanwhile, for the second successive year, Delta Airlines was given the Cirium Platinum Award for global operational excellence. This award considers a number of factors including on-time performance, operational complexity and an airline’s ability to limit the impact of flight disruption to its passengers.
Alongside Delta’s Cirium Platinum Award, South American carrier Azul Brazilian Airlines was the leader for on-time performance worldwide with the winners in the other global regions being Delta Air Lines in North America, Thai AirAsia for Asia Pacific, Oman Air for the Middle East and Africa, and Azul in Latin America.
Japan performed well with low-cost carrier StarFlyer named as the world’s leading low-cost carrier and Haneda the top airport performer globally for on-time departures.
Cirium defines an on-time flight as one that arrives within 15 minutes of the scheduled gate arrival. For an airport, it is defined as departing within 15 minutes of its scheduled departure.
Cirium’s on-time performance data, furthermore, is backed by a completely independent board of advisors, comprised of industry experts with an unbiased view of the aviation sector.
The board’s oversight ensures accuracy and proper representation of all the information the company presents.