Mango has been ranked the most on time airline in South Africa and on the continent. OAG Aviation’s latest Punctuality Report has been published and it features a South African airline. The data is compile from over 58 million flights in 2018.
The defintition of OAG’s on-time performance (OTP) is flights that arrive or depart within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival/departure times.
Copa Airlines, a South American carrier, came out top, with a performance of 89.79 percent.
South Africa’s budget airline, Mango, featured at 19th on the list with an OTP of 82.88 percent. It was also the most punctual airline on the continent.
Across the world, air travel is booming.
A preliminary report by the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization estimates that about 4.3 billion passengers travelled by air last year – more then six percent in 2017.
Low cost carrier Ryanair flew more than 139 million passengers last year, a record high, as the contribution by an Austrian subsidiary offset the effects of strikes.
The number of passengers grew by eight percent to 139.2 million in 2018, although the rate of growth was lower than the 10-percent increase recorded a year earlier.
The 2018 total included 300,000 passengers carried by Ryanair’s Austrian budget carrier Laudamotion.
Ryanair suffered Europe-wide strikes last year and faces the threat of further walkouts in 2019 by staff unhappy with working conditions, including pay.
This comes despite the airline reaching labour agreements last year with several unions representing disgruntled cabin crew and pilots.
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