Birmingham Airport named world's most punctual airport

Birmingham Airport named world's most punctual airport

Birmingham Airport has been named the world’s most punctual airport in 2016, with 91.28% of arriving and departing flights operating on time.

A new report by air travel intelligence company OAG has named Birmingham Airport the world's most punctual airport for 2016.

With over 100,000 scheduled flights from the airport last year, the most punctual route was to Dublin, boasting an on-time score of over 95%.

The airport beat contenders from countries such as Japan, Brazil, America, Germany and Australia to claim the global crown.

On receiving the award, Birmingham Airport’s chief executive, Paul Kehoe, said: “To be crowned the world’s most punctual airport in 2016 is a tremendous prize, particularly in the busiest twelve months in our 77 year history. 

“This achievement is a result of a team effort by the seven thousand employees and 140 companies operating at the airport - from the ground handlers to bus drivers, fuellers to caterers, and cleaners to office staff.

“We have invested £350m in the last ten years to improve the airport infrastructure and we’re currently working on a further one million pound development project to improve passenger facilities even further.

"These investments have helped us achieve this award because we can offer our customers an efficient service that makes us proud to be an airport that is easy to get to and easy to get through.

“We work closely with our airlines and handling agents to ensure that delays, which are within our control, are kept to a minimum, and we thank all of our partners for their continued hard work to become the world’s most punctual airport.”

OAG’s punctuality league is based on approximately 54 million flight records using full-year data from 2016.