Asia Pacific’s most punctual airports and airlines

Peter Terlato 5 January 2017

Qantas Airways Sydney Australia plane

Cairns, Brisbane and Perth plus Qantas and Virgin.

Australia's Qantas Airways has been named the most punctual airline across the Asia-Pacific region for 2016, according to a new report.

OAG's annual Punctuality League performance report reveals the popular Australian carrier crept from fourth place in 2015 to become the leading airline last year.

Qantas also placed fourth in the global rankings, just 2.3% behind leader Hawaiian Airlines (89.87%).

Qantas operated around 268,000 flights in 2016, sustaining an on-time performance average of 87.6%.

Japan Airlines followed closely in second position at 86.74% for the year, while Singapore Airlines rounded out the top three at 85.19%.

Australia's other major airline, Virgin Australia, placed fifth in the rankings at 84.52% (see below).

Top 10 performing airlines Asia-Pacific

RankAirlineAverage on-time performance
1Qantas Airways87.56%
2Japan Airlines86.74%
3Singapore Airlines85.19%
4All Nippon Airways84.71%
5Virgin Australia84.52%
6Fiji Airways81.77%
7SilkAir81.28%
8Air New Zealand79.20%
9Thai AirAsia78.60%
10Skymark Airlines78.32%

Aussie airports achieved generally positive results across most global categories.

Cairns was Australia's most punctual airport and also made the top 10 global small airports category.

Sydney ranked sixth among Australian and New Zealand airports for on-time performance but still made the top 20 most punctual major airports in the world.

Melbourne slipped out of contention in 2016, missing the top 20 by just 0.1%.

Perth and Adelaide airports scored top 10 positions globally in the medium size category, while Brisbane ranked among the top 10 for large airports.

Wellington and Auckland trailed seven Aussie airports, rounding out the top 10 Australian and NZ airports.

Top 10 performing airports Australia & New Zealand

RankAirport NameOn-time performance
1Cairns87.23%
2Brisbane86.71%
3Perth85.86%
4Adelaide84.90%
5Christchurch82.01%
6Sydney81.81%
7Gold Coast79.73%
8Melbourne79.65%
9Wellington78.93%
10Auckland78.74%

However, these positive results don't exclude the fact that Australian airlines' arrivals, departures and cancellations continue to fall short of long term averages across all routes.

Over the last 12 months discount airfare prices across Australia have decreased. Choosing the right time of day to fly can cut costs but early morning and late night flights are likelier to incur cancellations.

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