Best On-Time Arrival Performances for Airlines Around the World

The always useful FlightStats has compiled its annual ranking of on-time statistics for airlines around the world and we won’t keep you in suspense. What follows are airlines that were most punctual for all of last year.

Best On-Time Arrivals for 2014

Each category includes the top ten airlines (with the exception of Latin America which only lists seven). For purposes of brevity, we show only the top three but you can see all the contenders and their on-time arrival percentages here.

North America Major Airlines

  1. Alaska Airlines – 87.80%
  2. Delta Air Lines
  3. Virgin America

Low Cost Airlines

  1. Iberia Express – 93.84%
  2. AirBaltic
  3. Air Asia

The only U.S. carrier to make the ‘low cost’ list – Virgin America – came in at number seven (we’re not sure why it was included in both of these categories).

Major International Airlines

  1. KLM – 88.66%
  2. SAS
  3. Iberia

Major Europe Airlines

  1. Finnair – 90.58%
  2. KLM
  3. SAS

Major Asia-Pacific Airlines

  1. JAL (Japan Airlines) – 87.78%
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. ANA (All Nippon Airways)

Major Middle East and Africa Airlines

  1. Saudi Arabia Airlines – 87.76%
  2. Kenya Airways
  3. Qatar Airways

Major Latin America Airlines

  1. Copa Airlines – 90 .66%
  2. LAN
  3. Gol

We should point out that sometimes airlines are delayed by reasons outside their control. If you run into delays with your carrier, it’s always good to know your rights.


Updated: February 23, 2015