Philippines AirAsia, Cebu Pacific among world’s least punctual airlines

Photos from Cebu Pacific website/ABS-CBN News
Photos from Cebu Pacific website/ABS-CBN News

If you thought local budget airlines in the Philippines have a problem with always being late, a recent survey released by United Kingdom-based aviation analysts OAG basically confirmed what you’ve always known.

Cebu Pacific Air ranked seventh-least punctual in the world, with an On Time Performance (OTP) of 57.6 percent. “On time,” as defined in the study, is a flight that arrives or departs no later than 15 minutes from the scheduled time.

Philippines AirAsia, the Malaysian airline’s Philippine subsidiary for low-cost domestic and international flights, is ranked ninth, with a 58 percent OTP.

The country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines landed on neither the most- nor the least-punctual lists.

Here for your perusal is the complete list of 10 least-punctual airlines (drumroll, please):

10. Xiamen Airlines Company (China) – 58.3 percent
9. Philippines AirAsia Inc. (Philippines) – 58.0 percent
8. Sunwing Airlines Inc. (Canada) – 57.9 percent
7. Cebu Pacific Air (Philippines) – 57.6 percent
6. SATA International-Azores Airlines S.A. (Portugal) – 57.1 percent
5. Indonesia AirAsia X (Indonesia) – 56.8 percent
4. LACSA-Lineas Aereas Costarricenses (Costa Rica) – 54.2 percent
3. Shenzhen Airlines (China) – 53.5 percent
2. AVIOR Airlines (Venezuela) – 53.1 percent
1. Air Inuit (Canada) – 44.6 percent

Punctuality seems to be an issue for Asian airlines in general, as they make up the majority of those on the 10 least-punctual list, which includes the likes of Shenzen Airlines and Xiamen Airlines Company. In neighboring Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia X landed in the fifth spot, with a 56.8 percent OTP score.

The title for least punctual airline in the world, however, belongs to Canada’s Air Inuit, which had a paltry OTP score of 44.6 percent.

With reporting from Coconuts Jakarta

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