Half year report: SA’S most punctual airlines

July 6, 2017

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Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) monitors the on-time performance of all domestic airlines flying in and out of South Africa’s 3 major airports, OR Tambo International in Johannesburg, King Shaka International Airport in Durban and Cape Town International. We just passed 2017’s halfway mark, believe it or not, which makes this the perfect time to check up on the on time performance of South Africa’s domestic airlines.

The on-time performance of a flight is measured by comparing the off-block time (the moment when the aircraft pushes back) against the precise time that the flight was scheduled to take off. The International Airlines Transport Association’s (IATA) universal standard benchmark is used to measure the on-time performance. The standard allows for a 15 minute deviation from the scheduled time of departure as an on-time departure. That means that if the aircraft pushes back within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time, the flight will be judged as an on-time flight. The data we used for the calculations below was collected from 1 January to 30 June 2017.

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

  1. FlySafair – 95.55%
  2. British Airways South Africa – 90.54%
  3. SA Airlink – 88.29%
  4. South African Airways – 87.75%
  5. Cemair – 87.61%
  6. Kulula – 86.87%
  7. Mango – 85.84%
  8. SA Express – 70.57%
  9. Fly Blue Crane – 50.00%

ACSA airport target 87%

Cape Town International Airport

  1. FlySafair – 96.25%
  2. Cemair – 93.98%
  3. SA Airlink – 91.56%
  4. British Airways South Africa – 91.28%
  5. South African Airways – 90.33%
  6. Kulula – 89.80%
  7. Mango – 89.36%
  8. SA Express – 85.70%
  9. Fly Blue Crane – 37.50%

ACSA airport target 90%

King Shaka International Airport, Durban

  1. FlySafair – 96.71%
  2. South African Airways – 90.74%
  3. Mango – 89.80%
  4. SA Airlink – 89.66%
  5. British Airways South Africa – 89.65%
  6. Kulula – 86.99%
  7. SA Express – 82.42%

ACSA airport target 91%

Overall

  1. FlySafair – 96.17%
  2. Cemair – 90.80%
  3. British Airways Domestic – 90.49%
  4. SA Airlink – 89.84%
  5. SAA – 89.61%
  6. Mango – 88.33%
  7. Kulula – 87.89%
  8. SA Express – 79.56%
  9. Fly Blue Crane – 43.75%

FlySafair is once again the most punctual airline in South Africa. The airline has topped this list for the past two and a half years. Their on time performance is even more impressive when you consider the fact that FlySafair now operates the largest scheduled network in South Africa. FlySafair will also start flying from Durban to Port Elizabeth and East London from the 27th of November 2017.

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