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Delta Air Lines is Named the Most Punctual Airline of North America in 2022

Delta Air Lines Most Punctual Airline of North America
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2022 has been a roller coaster ride for the American airline industry. While the robust recovery of travel from the pandemic-induced slump gave hope to the aviation sector, this has also been a year that saw major operational disruptions, especially during the summer travel season recorded a high rate of flight delays and cancellations (due to short staffage and other reasons). To register an on-time performance (OTP) of 84.1% this year can be considered no mean feat, and Delta Air Lines, having achieved this, is named the most punctual airline of North America in 2022. 

In the rankings given by the Aviation analytics firm Cirium to North American Airlines on the basis of their on-time performance in 2022, Delta Air Lines bagged the top spot with a high on-time arrival percentage. Around 84% of Delta’s flights from January 1 through December 15 arrived on time, according to Cirium’s data. Alaska Airlines, with an on-time performance percentage of 81, came next in the rankings followed by United Airlines (81% OTP) and American Airlines (79% OTP) in the third and fourth places respectively. 

This is the second consecutive year Cirium named Delta Air Lines as the most punctual airline of North America. For its annual On-Time Performance Review for 2022 released on Thursday, Cirium did not take into account the 16-day period after December 15 as the ongoing holiday travel season is witnessing a large number of flight cancellations and delays due to a rapidly intensifying winter storm. 

The aviation analytics firm defined on-time flights as the ones that reach the designated gate within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival time. Of the five million flights tracked by Cirium in North America, nearly 72% are found to arrive on time. 

Here are the 10 most punctual airlines of North America in 2022, according to Cirium.

  1. Delta Air Lines
  2. Alaska Airlines
  3. United Airlines
  4. American Airlines
  5. Southwest Airlines
  6. Frontier Airlines
  7. JetBlue Airways
  8. Allegiant Air
  9. WestJet
  10. Air Canada

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