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These are the Most On Time airlines and airports of 2023

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In the fast-paced and intricately woven world of aviation, where precision and efficiency are paramount, Cirium proudly unveils its highly awaited report for the year 2023—’On-Time Performance: Most Punctual Airlines and Airports.’

As the foremost authority in aviation analytics, Cirium has meticulously compiled and analyzed a wealth of data to provide a comprehensive overview of the industry’s leaders in punctuality. In a landscape where operational intricacies abound, this report sheds light on the airlines and airports that have excelled in maintaining schedules and ensuring timely departures and arrivals.

In addition to receiving the Cirium Platinum Award, Delta was ranked as the most punctual airline in North America. Avianca Airlines, headquartered in Bogota, Columbia, won the coveted title of being the most punctual global airline. The winners in the other regions are Iberia Express in Europe, Copa in Latin America, Oman Air in the Middle East and Africa, and ANA in Asia Pacific. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was the best-performing airport in the world, and Safair was the top low-cost carrier.

Most punctual airlines in North America

1. Delta Air Lines: 84.72% on-time arrival; 1,635,486 total flights

2. Alaska Airlines: 82.25% on-time arrival; 404,925 total flights

3. American Airlines: 80.61% on-time arrival; 1,998,844 total flights

4. United Airlines: 80.04% on-time arrival; 1,513,432 total flights

5. Southwest Airlines: 76.26% on-time arrival; 1,459,926 total flights

Most punctual airlines in Europe

1. Iberia Express: 84.58% on-time arrival; 40,985 total flights

2. Iberia: 84.38% on-time arrival; 170,750 total flights

3. Austrian Airlines: 82.99% on-time arrival; 113,587 total flights

4. LOT Polish Airlines: 82.83% on-time arrival; 96,112 total flights

5. Norwegian Air Shuttle: 82.75% on-time arrival; 82,791 total flights

Most punctual airlines in Latin America

1. Copa Airlines: 89.46% on-time arrival; 115,657 total flights

2. Avianca Airlines: 85.73% on-time arrival; 213,039 total flights

3. Azul Airlines: 85.51% on-time arrival; 310,972 total flights

4. LATAM Airlines: 84.00% on-time arrival; 508,721 total flights

5. Caribbean Airlines: 81.73% on-time arrival; 26,644 total flights

Most punctual airlines in the Asia-Pacific

1. All Nippon Airways: 82.75% on-time arrival; 302,279 total flights

2. Japan Airlines: 82.58% on-time arrival; 308,302 total flights

3. Thai AirAsia: 82.52% on-time arrival; 113,871 total flights

4. IndiGo: 82.12% on-time arrival; 678,446 total flights

5. Air New Zealand: 79.68% on-time arrival; 175,876 total flights

Most punctual airlines in the Middle East and Africa

1. Oman Air: 92.53% on-time arrival; 45,908 total flights

2. Safair: 92.36% on-time arrival; 55,444 total flights

3. Royal Air Jordanian: 87.51% on-time arrival; 32,706 total flights

4. Qatar Airways: 85.11% on-time arrival; 183,090 total flights

5. Etihad Airways: 82.90% on-time arrival; 65,376 total flights

The top-performing global airports of 2023 were:

AirportOn-time departureOn time departureTotal flights
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)184.44%289,817
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD)  284.42%168,426
Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)  384.08%237,461
El Dorado International Airport (BOG)    484.01%292,486
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)  583.99%226,705

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Turkish Airlines Expands U.S Network to 20 Destinations

Turkish Airlines Expands U.S Network to 20 Destinations

Turkish Airlines, renowned for its expansive global network, currently flies to more countries than any other carrier worldwide.

Recently, the airline has expanded its reach in the United States, bringing the total number of destinations served to 14. With the recent addition of Denver and Dallas, the airline is now setting its sights on further expansion.

In a recent interview, Turkish Airlines Chairman telegraphed the next four U.S. cities that are in their crosshairs: Philadelphia, Charlotte, Orlando, and Minneapolis. These additions will join an already impressive roster that includes Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York JFK, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington Dulles.

As of now, Turkish Airlines operates flights to 14 destinations across the United States. The confirmed destinations include Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington (IAD).

Bolat, in his interview, indicated that Turkish Airlines plans to eventually serve 20 destinations in the United States. The proposed new routes to Philadelphia, Charlotte, Orlando, and Minneapolis would bring the total to 18, suggesting there are two additional cities potentially on the horizon.

However, it’s important to note that flights from Minneapolis and Orlando directly to Istanbul are not imminent, as the airline has not yet made any official announcements, and ticket sales have not commenced. Additionally, representatives from Minneapolis airport have not commented on the possibility of nonstop service to Istanbul.

The airline’s ambitious expansion plans are supported by the acquisition of numerous additional widebody planes over the next few years, necessitating new destinations to deploy these aircraft. Turkish Airlines’ strategy appears to be targeting major American Airlines hubs, ensuring a strong presence across key U.S. cities.

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Singapore Airlines Offers $25,000 to Compensation Those Affected by Turbulence

Singapore Airlines Offers $25,000 to Compensation Those Affected by Turbulence

On Tuesday, Singapore Airlines announced a compensation package for passengers who sustained injuries during a turbulent flight last month. Flight SQ321, traveling from London to Singapore, encountered severe turbulence on May 20, 2024, resulting in a traumatic experience for those on board.

In a statement, Singapore Airlines (SIA) extended its deepest apologies to the passengers affected by the incident. The airline confirmed that compensation offers were sent out on June 10, 2024. For passengers who suffered minor injuries, SIA has offered $10,000 in compensation. Those with more serious injuries have been invited to discuss personalized compensation packages tailored to their specific needs once they feel ready.

A particularly tragic outcome of the turbulence was the death of a 73-year-old British man. Other passengers and crew members sustained serious injuries, including skull, brain, and spine injuries. For passengers requiring long-term medical care, SIA is offering an advance payment of $25,000 to address their immediate needs. This amount will be included in the final compensation package.

In addition to financial compensation, SIA is offering a full refund of the airfare to all passengers who were on flight SQ321, regardless of whether they were injured. Passengers will also receive compensation for the delay in accordance with European Union and United Kingdom regulations. To help with immediate expenses, each passenger was provided with S$1,000 upon arrival in Bangkok, where the flight was diverted. The airline has also covered medical expenses and arranged for family members of the injured to travel to Bangkok.

Affected passengers have received emails detailing their compensation offers and the process for claiming them. Singapore Airlines urges passengers to contact them for any inquiries or further assistance, promising prompt responses.

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Severe Hailstorm Damages Nose and Cockpit Windows of Austrian Airlines Flight

Severe Hailstorm Damages Nose and Cockpit Windows of Austrian Airlines Flight

An Austrian Airlines flight from Palma de Mallorca, Spain to Vienna, Austria (flight OS434) encountered a severe hailstorm during its approach to Vienna-Schwechat Airport on Sunday, sustaining significant damage.

The airline reported that the aircraft was struck by a severe thunderstorm cell that was not visible on the weather radar, resulting in extensive damage to the cockpit windows, exterior coverings, and notably, the nose cone.

The cockpit crew, caught off guard by the invisible storm cell, made a mayday distress call as the plane was battered by hail. The impact damaged the two front cockpit windows, stripped coverings off the aircraft’s nose, and caused other external damage. Photos shared on social media vividly displayed the severe damage to the front of the plane.

Passenger Emmeley Oakley, who was on board during the chaotic flight, recounted the harrowing experience to ABC News. She mentioned that they were about 20 minutes from landing when the plane entered a cloud of hail and thunderstorm, leading to powerful turbulence.

“We could definitely feel the hail coming down on the plane and it was quite loud and… super rocky for a minute,” Oakley described in a text message to the station. She estimated that the plane took about two minutes or less to fly through the hailstorm, during which “phones and cups” were thrown around the cabin, causing some passengers to panic and scream.

Oakley praised the cabin crew for their swift and effective response in calming the distressed passengers, ensuring safety and order within the cabin. austrian airlines hail

Despite the turbulent and alarming approach, the flight landed safely at Vienna-Schwechat Airport, with no injuries reported among the passengers or crew. Austrian Airlines confirmed the safe landing and stated that their technical team is currently inspecting the aircraft to assess the extent of the damage.

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