Revealed: The Middle East’s most punctual airline

Abu Dhabi airline Etihad leads the pack for the first seven months of the year



Then most punctual airlines in the world for the first seven months of 2019 have been revealed – and Etihad leads the Middle East.

The United Arab Emirates’ national carrier was the most punctual airline in the region, according to new statistics from aviation data company OAG. Worldwide, Etihad ranked 24th.

The data shows that the Abu Dhabi carrier was also the only Middle Eastern carrier whose punctuality consistently averaged more than 80 per cent, with punctuality defined as take-off within 15 minutes of scheduled departure time.

Etihad Airways vice president for global airports and network operations John Wright said: “Reliability is a key element of the total product we offer.”

Looking at data for regional airlines for July alone, Kuwait Airways topped the list in the MENA region.

Globally, the most punctual airline last month was Garuda Indonesia, with 93.9 per cent of flights on-time.

Top 10 most punctual airlines globally for July 2019

1. Garuda Indonesia (93.9% of flights on-time)
2. LATAM Airlines Ecuador (92.0%)
3. AirDo (90.2%)
4. Jetstar Asia (90.0%)
5. Copa Airlines (90.0%)
6. Star Flyer (89.8%)
7. Skymark Airlines (88.9%)
8. Hawaiian Airlines (88.1%)
9. Fuji Dream Airlines (87.6%)
10. TACA International Airlines (87.5%)

Source: OAG

Top 5 most punctual airlines in MENA region for July 2019

1. Kuwait Airways
2. Air Cairo
3. flydubai
4. Etihad Airways
5. Air Arabia

Source: OAG