London down at 16 in ‘Punctuality League’, reflecting airport capacity ‘stretch’

London is languishing at 16th place in the latest ‘Punctuality League’ report on airports from air travel intelligence organisation OAG, released this week.

London’s on-time performance (OTP) was an average of 71.5%. Paris, by comparison, had an average of 71.25% ranking it 14th with Copenhagen taking first place with an 88.53% average OTP.

Rank

Airline Name

Code

Average OTP 2015

1

Copenhagen

CPH

88.53%

2

Berlin

BER

86.29%

3

Vienna

VIE

85.12%

4

Singapore

SIN

84.75%

5

Stockholm

STO

84.23%

6

Prague

PRG

83.74%

7

Madrid

MAD

82.62%

8

Brussels

BRU

81.17%

9

Amsterdam

AMS

81.15%

10

Barcelona

BCN

79.56%

London is missing from the top 10 OT performers.

John Grant, senior analyst for OAG, said: “The OTP rankings of airports will always differ across the regions as operational issues such as congestion, competition from other transport modes and scheduling come into play.

“By including the top meetings and conventions cities in out Punctuality League report, businesses can identify which cities are most, or least, likely to suffer delays.”

The International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) placed London as the sixth most popular city in its latest city rankings for association conferences, reflecting a steady rise over recent years. Paris ranks first on that, while punctual Copenhagen ranks 13th in that.

The Times newspaper quoted OAG’s Grant commenting on London’s airports: “Heathrow and Gatwick’s on-time performance ratings are down on last year, a real reflection of how far those airports are stretched for capacity. Both airports have almost reached full capacity.”

Several other major airports worldwide have OTP of 80% and above. Seattle has an OTP of 83.6%, while Tokoyo Handea has an average of 91.3% OTP.

A Heathrow spokesperson told The Times: “Heathrow is the only major hub airport in the world to operate at 99% capacity and we operate more than twice the number of aircraft movements on just two runways than the combined average of other global hubs.”

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