Airlines reduced the number of cancellations and delays across the world in September as the industry appeared to be “back to normal” after a turbulent summer dominated by flight disruptions.
The latest report on airline on-time performance, compiled by aviation data specialist Cirium, revealed that industry operations had reached a level of “calm” in September after months of negative headlines.
“After a difficult summer travel season for the industry, things appear to be getting back to normal,” Cirium said in its report.
“Airlines are back to completing scheduled flights with minimal cancellations – with a few exceptions, including Hurricane Ian in the US – and delivering travelers to their destinations on time.”
In Europe, Norwegian took first place for punctuality in September with a score of 83.9% – taking over from Spanish carrier Iberia (81.5%), which had been the best performing European airline over the past few years. previous three months.
The other three best performing European airlines were Air Europa (81.1%), Finnair (80.6%) and SAS (79.7%).
In North America, Delta had the best on-time performance with 89.2%, followed by United Airlines (86.9%).
Japan Airlines (JAL) was the world’s best airline for on-time performance at 91%, closely followed by Japanese rival ANA at 90%.