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Eurowings Remains On Top — Airline Punctuality Awards August 2021

For the second month in a row, Eurowings wins the trophy of the "World's most punctual airline." Here's the complete ranking of the top punctual airlines in August 2021.

After overwhelming feedback on our latest airline on-time reports, we are thrilled to present the most punctual airlines of August 2021. Let’s quickly provide you with some facts before we dive into the punctuality details:

Which airlines are included?
The ranking includes 288 airlines that provide data to OAG. Moreover, we only included airlines that performed more than 1,000 flights in July.

How do you define punctuality?
For this ranking, we’ve looked at arrival punctuality. Therefore, all flights that arrive 15+ minutes late at their destinations are counted as unpunctual.


World’s Top 20 Most Punctual Airlines
Europe, Middle East & Africa Top 10
Asia Top 10
North America Top 10
Latin America Top 10

World’s Top 20 Most Punctual Airlines

The award for the most punctual airline in September 2021 goes to Eurowings. As a result, Eurowings wins this prestigious trophy for the second time in a row. And even more impressive: Based on the data, Eurowings achieved an on-time performance of 99.8% — a fantastic result. Out of almost 10,000 flights Eurowings operated in September, only ~20 didn’t arrive on time!!

Eurowings — World's Most Punctual Airline in July 2021
Eurowings — World’s Most Punctual Airline in August 2021

Here are some more key facts about the top 20 ranking:

No North American Airline on the ranking — again
The list of the world’s most punctual airlines is —again— mainly dominated by European and Asian airlines. There’s not a single North American carrier that made it into the top 20.

Japanese Airlines Dominate
Eight out of the world’s 20 most punctual airlines are based in Japan. That’s definitely an impressive result.

RankAirlineCountryArrival OTPFlight Volume
3SafairSouth Africa95.2%2,133
4Garuda IndonesiaIndonesia95.2%1,957
5All Nippon AirwaysJapan94.2%25,838
6Fuji Dream AirlinesJapan93.5%2,790
7Norwegian Air ShuttleNorway93.5%6,284
10Star FlyerJapan93.1%1.844
11Japan Transocean AirJapan93.1%1,653
13GOL Linhas Aereas S.A.Brazil93.0%11,246
14Jetstar JapanJapan92.5%2,418
15Japan AirlinesJapan91.8%17,618
16LATAM Airlines GroupChile91.6%26,933
17Azul AirlinesBrazil91.0%22,818
19Philippine AirlinesPhilippines89.7%2,241
World’s Top 20 Most Punctual Airlines — August 2021

Most Punctual Airlines — Europe, Middle East & Africa

RankAirlineCountryArrival OTPFlight Volume
2SafairSouth Africa95.2%2,133
3Norwegian Air ShuttleNorway93.5%6,284
4Aeroflot Russian AirlinesRussian Federation90.0%26,802
6SATA Air AcoresPortugal89.4%1,919
7EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates89.2%7,090
8Air EuropaSpain88.3%4,642
9El Al Israel AirlinesIsrael88.2%1,030
10Alitalia – Societa Aerea Italiana S.p.AItaly87.9%8,995
Most Punctual Airlines — Europe, Middle East & Africa — August 2021

Most Punctual Airlines — Asia

RankAirlineCountryArrival OTPFlight Volume
2Garuda IndonesiaIndonesia95.2%1,957
3All Nippon AirwaysJapan94.2%25,838
4Fuji Dream AirlinesJapan93.5%2,790
7Star FlyerJapan93.1%1,844
8Japan Transocean AirJapan93.1%1,653
10Jetstar JapanJapan92.5%2,418
Most Punctual Airlines — Asia — August 2021

Most Punctual Airlines — North America

RankAirlinesCountryArrival OTPFlight Volume
1Delta Air LinesUSA85.5%133,223
2Alaska AirlinesUSA81.2%35,361
3Sun Country AirlinesUSA80.2%2,047
4Cape AirUSA78.2%10,564
5Silver Airways, LLCUSA76.6%1,677
6American AirlinesUSA75.0%176,750
7United AirlinesUSA71.6%128,636
8Frontier Airlines Inc.USA68.6%14,189
9Southwest AirlinesUSA66.1%106,866
10Allegiant Air LLCUSA64.5%9,847
Most Punctual Airlines — North America — August 2021

Most Punctual Airlines — Latin America

RankAirlineCountryArrival OTPFlight Volume
1GOL Linhas Aereas S.A.Brazil93.0%11,246
2LATAM Airlines GroupChile91.6%26,933
3Azul AirlinesBrazil91.0%22,818
4Copa AirlinesPanama89.1%6,531
5Viva Air ColombiaColombia88.9%3,439
7Sky AirlineChile87.0%2,103
Most Punctual Airlines — Latin America — August 2021

Used Data

The shown information is based on OAG data and internal data sources. Rankings only included airlines that operated more than 1000 flights in the respective month. However, the global benchmark includes all tracked flights. On average, 250 airlines are included in each month’s analysis. Whenever stated, EMEA refers to airlines based in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa.

Additionally, data is enriched with the latest FlightFacts data. FlightFacts is a free-to-use mobile app that lets you discover the operational performance of airlines in real-time. For more information about FlightFacts, click here or visit our download page. FlightsFacts is available for Android and Apple mobiles.

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