After publishing a specific Lufthansa Group analysis and a detailed analysis of the Middle East low-cost carriers, we want to take a closer look at Spain’s and Portugal’s main airlines. Therefore, we selected the countries’ biggest airlines: Iberia, Vueling, Air Europa, and TAP Air Portugal for this issue of the Weekly Airline Performance Analysis. As always, we looked at the flight volume, their punctuality, and the number of cancellations. Here are the results!
Iberia, Vueling, Air Europa & TAP Air Portugal — Flight Volume Benchmark
When looking at the flight volume from 1st to 6th September, the observed airlines can be ranked easily. Spain’s Air Europa is the smallest of the four carriers. During the analyzed period, Air Europa operated 1,000 flights. Therefore, we forecast a monthly flight volume of 4,500 flights. Portugal’s TAP ranks third by flight volume with 1,500 flights from 1st to 6th September.
Vueling continues to rank as Spain’s biggest airline by flight volume. With 600 daily flights on average, Vueling outperforms Iberia. For the entire month, we forecast a flight volume of 18,000 for Vueling and 13,800 for Iberia.
Iberia, Vueling, Air Europa & TAP Air Portugal — Punctuality Benchmark
Spain’s airline continues to deliver extremely strong results in terms of on-time performance. All three Spanish airlines can be considered as Europe’s top players when it comes to punctuality. In direct comparison, Vueling leads the field at the moment. From 1st to 6th September, the Spanis low-cost airline achieved an OTP of 96%. However, Air Europa is very close behind with a punctuality level of 95.9% At the same time, Iberia operated 94.8% of its flights on time.
When looking at Portugal the picture changes rapidly. Although TAP Air Portugal delivered solid results in terms of punctuality, its performance is ~5pp weaker than its Spanish competitors.
Iberia, Vueling, Air Europa & TAP Air Portugal — Regularity Benchmark
No many words are needed to describe the performance of the four airlines in terms of regularity. All of them have achieved outstanding results so far in September. Overall, the four airlines had to cancel six out of almost 8,800 flights. While Iberia, Vueling, and TAP Air Portugal canceled two flights each, Air Europa hasn’t canceled a single flight so far.
As a result, the four carriers have achieved regularity values of >99.9% so far from 1st to 6th September.
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