Skift Take

The delays in Asia likely result from the fact that the travel industry there is growing so fast that infrastructure can't keep up. Delays have been endemic to China's airports for some time now, which is part of what keeps the country's rail system so healthy.

The on-time performance of most major north american airlines fell slightly in August, FlightStats reported on Wednesday in its monthly statistics release.

Major International airlines on average delivered 74 percent of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in August, down from July’s 75 percent. Seven major international carriers had over 90% of their flights land on time, though: those were Finnair, South African Airways, Tyrolean Airways, Gulf Air, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and EasyJet.

Hawaiian airlines was the most timely North American airline, with almost 94 percent of its flights arriving on time; Spirit Air was North America’s worst at 62 percent.

On the whole, Asian airlines had the poorest results last month, with only three of the continent’s top ten airlines achieving on-time rates above 90 percent. Among airports, which are ranked based on the timeliness of departures by flights leaving them, Asian locations also did the worst; only 27 percent of flights left Shangai’s airport on time, and in Beijing the rate was only slightly higher, at close to 29 percent.

Reach new heights in aviation
November 12 in Dallas
See Who's Onboard

Have a confidential tip for Skift? Get in touch

Tags: on-time

Photo credit: Shanghai's airport, seen here, had only 27 percent of its flights leave on time in August. Hugh Llewelyn / Flickr

Up Next

Loading next stories