If you feel like every flight you’ve ever been on has been delayed, you’re not alone. A new study ranking the most punctual airlines and airports found that many Canadian companies are missing a key quality: punctuality.
Aviation analysts from OAG released their annual Punctuality Report, which studied 57 million flights around the world in 2017. The ratings examined how often carriers arrive within 15 minutes of their scheduled landing time. Not only did Air Canada fail to rank in the Top 10 of the most punctual airlines, but they were also only punctual 67 per cent of the time. In other words, almost half of all Air Canada flights are delayed. Ouch. So yeah, you’re not just imagining it.
The study even found that smaller airlines generally arrive on time at a much higher rate than their larger competitors. While Japan Airlines earned the top spot for being the most reliable bigger carrier (they landed according to schedule 85 per cent of the time), airBaltic took the number one spot for the smaller carriers by being punctual 90 per cent of the time.
As for the least punctual airlines in the world, Canada did unfortunately make that list. Air Inuit only arrived on time for 45 per cent of their flights. But in all fairness, Air Inuit deals with the constant frigid weather up north, so you might want to cut them a little slack.
OAG also looked at the most punctual airports and once again, if you’re looking to be on time, look somewhere other than Canada. Spain’s Tenerife North had the best airport rating overall — 90 per cent — despite being a small airport (with 2.5-5 million travellers passing through annually). Osaka earned the second highest score (88 per cent), followed by Tokyo Haneda (87 per cent) and finally, by Minneapolis-Saint Paul (86 per cent).
Fingers crossed for having less delays (and a heck of a lot less snow) in Canada this year.