FlySafair Is The Most Punctual Airline In Middle East & Africa; Here Are The Most On-Time Airlines

MENA's most on-time airlines revealed.

by Deeplata Garde
FlySafair Is The Most Punctual Airline In Middle East & Africa; Here Are The Most On-Time Airlines

The aviation industry just got a little more punctual! Global aviation analytics expert Cirium has unveiled the most punctual airlines in the Middle East and Africa for May. This ranking shines a spotlight on airlines that value your time as much as you do.

FlySafair Soars to the Top


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In a triumph for punctuality, FlySafair has clinched the top spot, boasting an impressive on-time performance (OTP) of 96.81%. This South African low-cost carrier operated 4,152 flights in May, ensuring that nearly all their passengers reached their destinations without delays. FlySafair’s commitment to punctuality sets a high bar for airlines in the region.

Oman Air and Saudia Lead the Charge

Oman Air retains its stellar reputation, landing in second place with a 94.35% OTP across 3,007 flights. This performance solidifies its position as a reliability leader in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s national carrier, Saudia, not only shines regionally but also makes a mark globally. With a 90.36% on-time departure rate and an 86.09% on-time arrival rate from 15,416 flights, Saudia exemplifies precision and efficiency. These numbers underscore Saudia’s robust operational strategies, particularly evident during the high-demand Hajj season.

Top 10 Punctual Airlines in the Middle East and Africa

Here’s the full list of the top 10 punctual carriers in the region, according to Cirium:

  1. FlySafair: 96.81% of 4,152 flights
  2. Oman Air: 94.35% of 3,007 flights
  3. Airlink: 92.9% of 7,448 flights
  4. Royal Jordanian: 90.82% of 2,755 flights
  5. Kuwait Airways: 90.6% of 2,753 flights
  6. Gulf Air: 87.5% of 4,341 flights
  7. Saudia: 86.09% of 15,416 flights
  8. Qatar Airways: 82.91% of 16,553 flights
  9. Middle East Airlines: 79.66% of 1,738 flights
  10. Etihad Airways: 79.33% of 7,023 flights

Reducing Cancellations And Delays

The Middle East and Africa region saw significant improvements in operational efficiency in May, with a 38% decline in flight cancellations compared to April. The airlines in this region are stepping up their game, ensuring passengers experience fewer disruptions.

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FlySafair’s leap from a 91.82% OTP last month to an outstanding 96.81% in May highlights their relentless focus on punctuality. Oman Air follows closely, demonstrating that regional airlines are committed to minimizing delays and enhancing customer satisfaction.

As travel picks up, these airlines set an excellent example for punctuality, making every effort to ensure your journey is smooth and timely. So, the next time you’re booking a flight in the Middle East and Africa, you know which airlines won’t keep you waiting!

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