Cape Town, Durbs and Jozi represent in Punctuality League’s best global air routes and airports

2018-01-15 14:17 - Kavitha Pillay
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King Shaka International Airport. (Photo: iStock)

Cape Town – Starting off 2018 on a high note in the airline industry, a few of SA’s airports and air routes have placed the country on the global aviation map.

According to a global ranking system called the Punctuality League, which ranks the best on-time performance (OTP) for the world’s largest airlines and airports, the air route between Cape Town and Johannesburg is one of the busiest and most reliable domestic routes in the world.

The Punctuality Report for 2018 states that the Cape Town to Johannesburg route – ranked 9th busiest domestic route in the world - has an average on-time performance of 86.83%. FlySafair is the top performing airline on this route with a 95.9% OTP. Comair was second best with an 87.4% OTP, followed by SAA with 85.5% and Mango airlines on 80.5%.

The busiest and most reliable domestic route in the world is Jeju to Seoul Gimpo in South Korea.

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In addition to this, Durban’s King Shaka International Airport ranked 4th in the top 20 list of small airports in the world by OTP, with a coverage rate of 80% and an OTP of 86.65%. According to Punctuality League, a small airport is categorised as having between 2.5-million to 5-million passengers departing per year.


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The Punctuality League is based on “57 million flight records using full-year data from 2017 to create a ranking of the best on-time performance for the world’s largest airlines and airports”.

New for 2018, it includes on-time performance for the world’s top 20 busiest domestic and international routes, and the airline and airport categories have also been extended. The 2018 rankings has placed the routes among the world’s most popular - like Mumbai to Delhi, Melbourne to Sydney and Los Angeles to San Francisco.

There is now a category for the Top 20 airlines which operate the most flights globally, termed mega airlines and another for mega airports which are those operating more than 30 million departing seats per year. Click here to see all rankings.

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