Aeroflot named world’s most on-time major airline in 2019

05 January 2020

Moscow, 5 January 2020 - Aeroflot was the world’s most on-time mainline airline in 2019, according the annual On-Time Performance (OTP) Review by Cirium, the leading travel data and analytics provider.

According to the review, 86.7% of the Russian flag carrier’s flights operated on-time in 2019. As well as topping the global category, Aeroflot was also named the most punctual airline in Europe during the year.

Aeroflot has established itself as a leading global airline in terms of operational efficiency, and regularly ranks among the world’s most punctual airlines. In 2019 the Russian flag carrier was the only Russian airline and the largest in Europe to be awarded a five-star rating for punctuality by OAG, the leading flight data and analytics agency.

Punctuality is important to passengers and also contributes economic benefits including lower ticket prices. Aeroflot plans to introduce digital innovations including biometric controls that will further speed up and simplify pre-flight procedures at the airport.

The OTP review, which Cirium has published for 11 years, ranks the top ten most on-time airlines and airports globally, by size and region. It is based on 600 data sources, including almost every airline around the world, and tracks more than 100,000 flights a day. Cirium’s data analysts process more than 15 million updates daily. The full OTP Review 2019 can be found on Cirium’s website here.

The Cirium OTP Review named Sheremetyevo International Airport, Aeroflot’s Moscow home airport and major hub, as the world’s most punctual airport, with 95.01% of flights departing on time, ahead of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (92.52%) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (91.04%).

The awards are grouped into three areas: Global Airlines, Major Airlines by Region and Low Cost Carriers. The Global Airline category, which Aeroflot topped this year, considers the top 10% of all airlines by size.

Flights are considered on time if the aircraft arrives at the gate within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time. Airport on-time performance is measured by on-time departing flights.