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Global 2022 On-Time Performance Results Released

All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Singapore Airlines at Tokyo Haneda Airport’s Terminal 3 (International Terminal) (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Andrew Chen)

Global aviation analytics firm Cirium has released the results of its worldwide 2022 On-Time Performance Review. The company looks at punctuality among airlines and airports around the world and publishes an annual report highlighting the top performers.

Azul Brazilian Airlines took the top spot among airlines, followed closely by Japanese carriers All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines. Cirium considers an on-time arrival one that that arrives within 15 minutes of its scheduled gate arrival time. The top five global airlines for on-time performance were as follows:

Rank Airline Total Flights On-Time Arrival
1 Azul Brazilian Airlines 279,722 88.93%
2 All Nippon Airways 162,370 88.61%
3 Japan Airlines 165,981 88.00%
4 LATAM Airlines 451,651 86.31%
5 Delta Air Lines 1,004,684 83.63%

To be classified as a global airline, Cirium requires that a carrier be within the top 10% of passenger airlines by capacity and volume and that it serve at least three worldwide regions out of the five defined by the company: Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Latin America and North America. AirlineGeeks has previously reported on the firm’s North America on-time rankings.

The review also lists top performers among low-cost carriers:

Rank Airline Total Flights On-Time Arrival
1 StarFlyer 21,894 95.23%
2 Solaseed Air 27,486 94.53%
3 Thai AirAsia 66,043 91.56%
4 Azul Brazilian Airlines 279,722 88.93%
5 Sky Airline 27,161 88.74%


The global airport category requires airports to be within the top 10% of airports worldwide by flights served in a month and for the airport to serve at least three regions. The top performers for global airports were as follows:

Rank Airport Total Flights On-Time Arrival
1 Tokyo Haneda Airport 373,264 90.33%
2 Kempegowda International Airport (Bangalore, India) 201,897 84.08%
3 Salt Lake City International Airport 226,545 83.87%
4 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport 271,963 82.62%
5 Philadelphia International Airport 233,777 82.54%

Cirium further categorizes airports by size into large, medium and small airports. The winners in these categories were Osaka International Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport and Miyazaki Airport, respectively. All three of these airports are located in Japan.

Overall, Japanese airports have once again dominated the airport rankings, earning the top spot in all four categories. Japanese airlines have similarly performed very well in their categories, further reflecting the country’s reputation for punctuality. The report notes these trends, pointing out that, “Japanese airlines and airports continue to deliver passengers to their arrival gates on time – pandemic or no pandemic.”

The year brought significant challenges to the air travel industry and global on-time performance was down by approximately two percent in 2022, according to the analytics firm. The report cites global staffing shortages across the air travel sector as a major contributor to decreased on-time performance, stating that, “although the aviation industry collectively worked hard to keep pace with recovering demand, they fell short in many cases due to staffing issues worldwide necessitating reducing flights to work within staffing constraints.”

“Staffing shortages will continue to challenge the global air travel industry and could have long-term impacts affecting on-time performance and reliability throughout 2023 and beyond.”

Andrew Chen


  • Andrew Chen

    Andrew is a lifelong lover of aviation and travel. He has flown all over the world and is fascinated by the workings of the air travel industry. As a private pilot and glider pilot who has worked with airlines, airports and other industry stakeholders, he is always excited to share his passion for aviation with others. In addition to being a writer, he also hosts Flying Smarter, an educational travel podcast that explores the complex world of air travel to help listeners become better-informed and savvier travelers.

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