World’s most punctual airports and busiest airline routes named

/ 04:38 PM January 04, 2018

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Japan has emerged as the world leader in air travel punctuality, boasting titles to the most punctual airlines and most on-time airport in the world.

In the OAG’s annual Punctuality League 2018 report, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways took the top two spots in the mega airline category, airlines which operate the most flights globally.


Flyers traveling on one of the two carriers and flying out of Tokyo Haneda Airport also improve their odds of getting to their destination in time, as the Japanese hub posted an on-time performance of 87 percent in the category of world’s biggest airports.

The mega airports category includes hubs that see more than 30 million annual departing seats.


Rounding out the podium for most punctual airports in the world is Madrid Barajas International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

South Korea’s Incheon Airport also made its debut on the list squeezing itself in at 20th spot.

Overall, seven of the most punctual airports are in North America, six in Asia-Pacific, six in Europe, and Dubai is the lone representative for the Middle East.

For the report, an on-time performance was defined as arrivals and departures operating under 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival and departure times.

Busiest routes

Meanwhile, the report also identified Hong Kong to Taipei as the busiest international route in the world, with nearly 29,500 flights shuttling travelers to and from the Asian destinations in 2017.

In fact, the world’s busiest international routes are mostly located in busy Asian corridors, with Kuala Lumpur-Singapore and Jakarta-Singapore rounding out the top three spots.


With 17,116 flights recorded in 2017, New York’s Laguardia airport and Toronto’s Pearson International Airport was the busiest air travel corridor outside Asia.

Meanwhile, at nearly 65,000 flights a year, which averages out to nearly 180 flights a day, the busiest domestic route in the world is the resort island of Jeju in South Korea, and Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport.

Here are the most punctual airports in the world, according to the United Kingdom-based flight information company OAG:

1. Tokyo Haneda HND
2. Madrid MAD
3. Atlanta ATL
4. Denver DEN
5. Dallas/Fort Wort DFW
6. Singapore Changi SIN
7. Chicago O’Hare ORD
8. Amsterdam AMS
9. Frankfurt FRA
10. London Heathrow LHR

Here are the busiest international routes:

1. Hong Kong-Taipei
2. Kuala Lumpur-Singapore
3. Jakarta-Singapore
4. Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur
5. Hong Kong-Shanghai
6. New York LaGuardia-Toronto YYZ
7. Hong Kong-Seoul Incheon
8. Beijing-Hong Kong
9. Dublin-London Heathrow
10. Bangkok-Singapore


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