Traveling can take a toll on anyone’s sanity—especially if you’re flying. Long layovers, crazy delays, and canceled flights can make even the most composed fliers go nuts. (If you do end up with time to kill because of a delay, here’s how to make the most of it.)
Given everything that can go wrong, most jet-setters are happy to simply reach their destination on time. But there might be another way to guarantee smooth travels: Flying through the most punctual airports in the world, according to travel analyst OAG.
The UK-based company gathered data from 57 million flight records in 2017 to create its comprehensive list of the world’s most punctual airports. Since larger airports have more complicated air traffic, OAG ordered the airports by size.
For the third year in a row, the mega-airport with the most on-time performance is Japan’s Tokyo Haneda. The airport, which has over 30 million departing seats, managed to keep 86.75 percent of its flights arriving or departing on schedule. The top major airport—with 20 to 30 million seats—is Minneapolis-Saint Paul, which has an on-time performance of 85.72 percent. Meanwhile, Japan’s Osaka Airport was the most punctual large airport (10 to 20 million seats), where 88.45 percent of flights were on time.
The top medium airport (5 to 10 million seats) went to the UK’s Birmingham Airport (89.52 percent). And 90.05 percent of flights were on schedule at Spain’s Tenerife North, which ranked as the most punctual small airport (with 2.5 to 5 million seats). Tenerife North was the only airport in the world to achieve an on-time performance of over 90 percent last year, according to OAG.
Did your hometown’s hub make the list? If not, don’t worry—that’s not the only way you can guarantee a timely trip. We recommend booking a flight with one of the least delayed airlines in the world, for starters. You can also avoid delays by flying at this time of day.
[Source: Channel 3000]