Cape Town - Local South Africa carrier FlySafair is flying the Mzansi flag high after just being ranked the world’s most on-time airline for 2017 by air travel intelligence specialist, OAG.
The airline achieved an annual overall on-time performance (OTP) of 95.94% in the 2017 rankings. It was also one of just three airlines to receive a five-star rating, alongside Kuwaiti airline Jazeera Airways and Latvia's Air Baltic Corporation. Out of the three top-achievers, FlySafair is also the only 5-star rated airline which is a low-cost carrier.
FlySafair has a good reputation for not only offering some of the coolest ticket sales in SA, but also for operating on-time flights. Since staring operations in 2014, the airline has clinched several awards for its OTP.
For 2016, again, they achieved the overall Number One spot for the most punctual SA airline, scoring an overall OTP of 95.41% at all SA's airports combined.
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The OAG OTP Star Ratings is a global confirmation recognising FlySafair's exceptional on-time performance across all airports and airlines it operates to, regardless of size, geographic location or relative relation to their peers.
According to marketing director for OAG Caroline Mather, it's very difficult for an airline to achieve an OTP of 95.94%. “It requires extremely smooth operations and exceptional focus from across the entire team.”
FlySafair CEO, Elmar Conradie, says the achievement speaks to the quality of South African aviation. “This shows that we are ready to compete with the best.” He says excellent OTP has been a priority from the start. “We recognised the need for the South African public to have a service provider that consistently delivers on time and so we set our targets even higher than those expected by local airport authorities.”
This is the first time that OAG has introduced star ratings based on carriers’ OTP performance.